Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Google launches its PHR site

The internet giant, Google, launched its personal health record site on Monday. As I am a Google subscriber, I bit and signed in. I was presented with terms of service to approve. Here are some interesting tidbits from that agreement:

4. Use of Your Information

If you create, transmit, or display health or other information while using Google Health, you may provide only information that you own or have the right to use. When you provide your information through Google Health, you give Google a license to use and distribute it in connection with Google Health and other Google services. However, Google may only use health information you provide as permitted by the Google Health Privacy Policy, your Sharing Authorization, and applicable law. Google is not a "covered entity" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the regulations promulgated thereunder ("HIPAA"). As a result, HIPAA does not apply to the transmission of health information by Google to any third party.

plus indemnification of Google, exclusion of warranties, and limitations on Google's liability.
Needless to say, I did not click any further. The New York Times reports on the launch here.

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