Storing medical records online with Google

By Douglas Schweitzer
February 27, 2008 7:29 AM EST
When I first heard about the idea of storing medical records online I was immediately skeptical. It seems Google is teaming with a hospital in Ohio to offer volunteers the opportunity to store their medical data online via Google.

Naturally, Google asserts that the data would be in no danger, and access would be secure. Getting to those records would require a password. (For more details go to here)

Up to 10,000 patient volunteers can sign up for this trial storage and I'm sure that in many ways it would be very helpful. Just think of the time and resources that'll be saved when you have to transfer medical records to a new doctor or to a hospital before having a procedure.

Of course, the cynic in me worries about possible hacking and identity compromise, but when I think about it I realize that right now my doctor's entire staff is already privy to my medical records in his office computer database. Who is to say everyone's doctor's staff consistently acts conscientiously. I'm curious to see how may people get on board for this method of storing medical data.