The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 October 2007

Go ahead and upload your soul

Well, maybe not — at least not yet. For now, in what I suspect is a response to Microsoft's Health Vault, Google is making noises about setting up a medical-records facility of its own: Marissa Mayer, VP for search products and user experience, said Wednesday at the Web 2.0 Summit that Google plans to support the "storage and movement" of people's health records.

What this means is unclear for now, though I tend to agree with Consumerist's Chris Walters:

Talk about mixed feelings: having control over your medical records, and having them in the cloud so that you don't have to worry about paper trails or losing data, would be a huge improvement in consumer control. On the other hand, if Google gets much more information about you on its servers, it will be able to create a clone who can seek you out and try to kill you.

HIPAA, at least, should keep them from putting your colonoscopy on YouTube.

Posted at 2:34 PM to PEBKAC