Sunday, February 8, 2009

Google and IBM Joining Forces

Looks like Google is working with IBM to add health data from personal monitoring devices like glucose meters and blood pressure monitors. After all, if all this electronic data is being captured, why not integrate it with your PHR? Weight scales, heart rate monitors, pacemakers, defibrillators, pulse oximeters, peak flow meters, etc.

Soon, all these home devices will be integrated via wireless networks. Whether it's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or some other technology, it will all integrate together. The importance of future home network security can't be underscored. After all, people will want to protect their health data.

So will Google Health consume the marketplace? Or will Microsoft Health Vault be the industry leader? Will they all get integrated somehow?

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