Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Google Health?

Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction!

Take the case of Google getting into the health records business.

¿Que?

¿Google?

I know, Google.

Isn’t the amount of junk ads we get enough? Isn’t it?

Now, imagine the incredibly detailed and granular level of targeted ads they would serve to you based on your medical records?

Hell freakin’ NO!

I don’t think so!

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1 comment:

Dr. Bonis said...

I am a medical doctor. I see patients every day. Including the Emergency Room where I work.

Because of that, I deeply understand, not only theoretically but as part of my daily experience that patient-physician relationship is the key for the quality of health-care.

A patient must trust his doctor. If there is no confidence, we lost a lot (patients and docs).

Saying that, privacy of data becomes a real importante issue. A patient that talks about his sexual activities, extramatrimonial affairs, fears, weakness, mental health… should be sure that the doctor will not reveal that information to third parties.

During thousands years physician have follow this hippocrates oath sencente: What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

So at the moment I designed the keyose (www.keyose.com) service, I have a very clear idea: privacy must be the priority number one!

Storing thousands of personal health records electronically has a big risk. What if someone unauthorized (a cracker for instance) access to the database? No matter how much money or effort you invest in the security of a system. There is no 100% secure system in the world. And the health information of thousand of people is very attractive to so many people (government, insurers, bank, private companies, criminals devoted to extortion…).

There are many companies entering the business of eHealth. Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault are just the two most known examples. As a medical doctor I am really concerned about the privacy of data. 90% of UK physicians and German doctors think like me.

Keyose was designed in such a way that no personal information is stored. We do not need your name, email or identity. And more importantly: We do not want it.

I would never put my personal, my patients or my relatives health information in a online database that contains the identity of the patients. You can trust me!

Dr. Julio Bonis