WSJ: Google Health might get less support under new CEO

March 26, 2011

Interesting news this morning from the Wall Street Journal:

Some managers believe Mr. Page will eliminate or downgrade projects he doesn’t believe are worthwhile, freeing up employees to work on more important initiatives, these people said. One project expected to get less support is Google Health, which lets people store medical records and other health data on Google’s servers, said people familiar with the matter.

The statement above comes from WSJ’s article “At Google, Page Aims to Clear Red Tape” in which the reporter, Amir Efrati, lays out the case that Larry Page (the CEO that will take over April 4) is looking to streamline Google to act a bit more like a startup than the 24,000 person behemoth that it is.

I’ve always felt that Google Health was technically a reasonable product but the strategy was unclear for its growth and ecosystem support. If you’re depending on Google Health for your CCR / CCD or MU strategy you should keep an eye out on this type of news.

  • Jbikman

    Shahid – agreed. The product is a very good product but the commitment and strategy from the parent (Google) has always seemed a little…well…unfocused and tenuous at best.

  • Pingback: PHR Model At Turning Point | EMR and EHR()

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelascharf Michael Scharf

    Not a very surprising action (assuming it's true). Microsoft has taken similar actions on HealthVault. There is a number of non-IT issues that have to be resolved before PHRs take off. While both Google and Microsoft have the funds to make this happen, they both have their hands full with existing projects (just look at the mobile OS space).

    It will take a company focused on medicine and people to make a PHR that works. Then, perhaps, one of these two companies will help with the technical issues.

  • http://investing.businessweek.com/businessweek/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=770834&privcapId=957467&previousCapId=162270&previousTitle=Pfizer%20Inc. Alfonso Fanjul

    its really important to keep an update on Google Health that was technically a reasonable product but the strategy was unclear for its growth and ecosystem support.

  • http://www.shahidshah.com Shahid N. Shah

    Thanks, Michael — I've been keeping track of both Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault and think that HealthVault is strategic enough fro Microsoft that it makes sense to use it as a platform / framework. With Google Health I still need more convincing.

  • http://webhostingreview.info Web Hosting Review

    i agree with you alfonso about updating on Google health

  • http://www.myowncare.com/ Avi Kamman

    I agree that Google Health is technically a reasonable product. However, I believe that it will get traction only in an organic healthcare ecosystem which orchestrates technology, care delivery, consumer need, and money flow. Google Health and all the other platforms, repositories, and great apps are just the physical components of the environment we need to create.

    Avi Kamman
    CTO, MyOwnCare

  • http://www.myowncare.com/ Avi Kamman

    You are so right that it will take a company focused on medicine and people to make a PHR that takes off. I would add that ultimately the company will have to focus on interconnected care delivery.

    Avi Kamman
    CTO, MyOwnCare

  • Hemroid Treatment

    Google is great search engine which provides us many useful info on various diseases. As some common like hemorrhoids, what is bleeding hemorrhoids, what do forhemorrhoid relief and what are hemroids treatment are present.

  • http://www.best-hostings.in Best hosting service

    Absolutely you are correct. We should keep an eye out on this type of news. This is an important news and thank you for your advice.

  • Pingback: Now that Google Health is dead, what did we learn about PHRs? That engagement and messaging is what matters.()

  • http://www.mactonweb.com web design bangalore

    I completely agree with your facts.Thanks.

  • http://tiny.cc/shoescoupons Shoes Coupons

    I don’t even know there’s google health might check them out.

  • http://www.mactonweb.com web design california

    I have not heard about this. It is a new to me. And thanks for the info this is interesting.

Previous post:

Next post: