I'm still looking for a blogpost from someone who attended yesterday morning's keynote at HIMSS '08 by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Modern Healthcare is reporting skeptical comments from some medical informaticians about Google's involvement with PHRs:
Physician Daniel Masys, who chairs the department of biomedical informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said Google, the Internet search giant, has “no idea of what it’s getting into” with the company’s plans to launch a personal health record.
...[S]peaker Holly Miller, a physician who is vice president and chief medical information officer at University Hospitals in Cleveland and chairwoman of the HIMSS PHR Steering Committee, took a swipe herself, saying that personal medical information stored by Microsoft or Google has no legal protection to guard the privacy and security of the information.
As the HIMSS conference was opening Monday, Microsoft announced that it was providing $3 million to help attract health application developers to its HealthVault electronic medical records platform.
In particular, Microsoft is interested in applications related to preventive care, acute care diagnosis and treatment, management of juvenile diseases, women's health, and community and social health applications.
Microsoft is also making a gesture towards the open-source software community in an effort to comply with antitrust legal requirements.
While researching our article, we came across a number of people who thought the tech companies are naïve — bordering on arrogant — to think they could come waltzing into the healthcare field and settle decades-old turf wars.
And, to close their blog post:
But we’re pessimistic: Tech alone – or even combined with a brilliant marketing strategy – is enough to overcome institutional resistance. That’s true for projects, companies, and yes, industries.