IBM, Google partner on online health records

February 5, 2009

IBM, Google partner on online health records

San Francisco Business Times
Thursday, February 5, 2009

Google Inc. and IBM Corp. have teamed up to help get personal health data online.

The companies Thursday said people who use Google Health can now automatically stream data from medical devices into their personal health records.

The new feature uses software that IBM (NYSE: IBM) developed based on guidelines from Continua Health Alliance, an organization that supports interoperable health care technology products. It is also based in part on open-source software available now from Eclipse and Open Health Tools, two open-source communities dedicated to supporting advancements in health care.

The new features of Google Health let patients exchange their personal health data with doctors or other authorized parties.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) said, for example, a busy mother can receive daily electronic updates on the health status of an aging parent who lives alone, or a person who is diabetic and training for a marathon can have a real-time discussion about blood sugar levels and heart rate with a coach hundreds of miles away.

“Our partnership with IBM will help both providers and users gain access to their device data in a highly simplified and automated fashion,” said Sameer Samat, director for Google Health.

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