So, umm, what would you prefer in your guise as both a consumer and a taxpayer?

A centralised system which costs £12 billion (thought to rise to £20 billion minimum) which doesn\’t as yet work or a free service offered by a private company?

Toughie, ain\’t it?

 

9 thoughts on “Google Health”

  1. And if you don’t like the Google system you can always switch to Microsoft or any number of competing applications. What is even better is that YOU choose who has access to YOUR health records.

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  3. Working in the healthcare IT industry, unless Google Health matches exactly what the NHS might need, it would be far from free. Any software modification request whatsoever is the cashcow of off-the-shelf products.

  4. “What is even better is that YOU choose who has access to YOUR health records”

    …unless your healthcare is provided by insurance, like nearly all Americans who aren’t insanely rich, in which case YOUR INSURER chooses who has access to YOUR health records, through the simple means of only funding doctors, hospitals and procedures they approve of…

  5. john b,

    I wish I could change my government provided health care as easily as insurer provide health care.

  6. “Any software modification request whatsoever is the cashcow of off-the-shelf products.”

    Fret not. The Google APIs will allow the usual gravy train of Government IT to continue unhindered: lots of scope for getting contracts for £100m to use the APIs in projects that could be done by the MySociety people for £50.

  7. “Any software modification request whatsoever is the cashcow of off-the-shelf products.”

    You shouldn’t be making many changes to a package. If you are, you picked the wrong one.

  8. I am surprised no one else (blogosphere of MSM) has picked up on this.
    It does seem that Google has provided in no time at all and at no cost (yet) to the user the centralised service that the NHS seeks. I guess the complication for the NHS is that access control remains with supplier rather than the Google model were it remains with the customer. Hopefully someone at the Google zeitgeist conference had the wit to speak to the PM about this last week.
    Market solution – 1
    Central Planning – nil

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