Google Health shutdown affects 280 in Spokane


A Google Health pilot program to collect and manage personal health records for some Spokane residents will shut down Jan. 1.

The closure will affect about 280 Spokane patients who were using Google Health in conjunction with 1HealthRecord, an online system to connect medical information to health providers.

Google, the Silicon Valley tech giant, began developing Google Health in 2008 as a central hub to collect medical information and manage who accesses it. It launched dozens of tests of the online personal record management system nationwide. Google recently said it will shut down Google Health at the end of this year.

As one of three pilot projects statewide, Spokane patients at three provider clinics, Heart Clinics Northwest, Physicians Clinic of Spokane and Rockwood Clinic, were invited to use 1HealthRecord to import medications and allergies into the patient’s personal health record in Google Health.

Inland Northwest Health Services developed 1HealthRecord as an application for use with current and future personal health record systems.

1HealthRecord is not shutting down despite Google Health’s demise. INHS said patients using it will have the option of moving records to another personal health record solution.

Those in the Google Health test will be able to download their personal data through January 2013.

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