[ Thursday, April 17, 2008 ]


A different twist: I've noted here the efforts by some big tech companies, like Microsoft and Google, to get into the personal health record business. They hold and transfer lots of data, so it would make sense this would be a service they'd be in. Obviously, there are privacy issues -- particularly with Microsoft, there's a sense of distrust that they'd do the right thing and resist efforts to mine the stored data. But some researchers have noted another potential effect: having those types of players in the personal electronic health record game might adversely impact clinical research. Frankly, I can see how big tech players could increase the amount and quality of medical information in PHRs, and how that could potentially help researchers. But it's something to think about.

Jeff [9:10 AM]

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