Google Health Imports Medicare Data
Google Health is participating in a pilot program to let Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona and Utah import their Medicare claims data into Google Health, the search giant's medical record-storing solution. Google is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the project, which is supposedly the first of many CMS programs that will test how the government can give beneficiaries access to their medical data online.Google has announced that it will be working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on a pilot program that will let Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona and Utah import their claims data into Google Health. Google recently enabled users of Google Health to share their medical records and other personal health information with trusted contacts, in a move that will allow the solution to become more robust in its competition against Microsoft and health-care-specific Websites such as WebMD.
"The pilot is one of several CMS programs to test out how the government can give beneficiaries secure access to their medical data online," Missy Krasner, product marketing manager for Google Health, wrote on the corporate blog. "Before I came to Google, I worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which houses CMS. At the time, the idea of giving beneficiaries access to their own Medicare claims data in electronic format was just that-an idea. Today, it's becoming a reality."