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Google just got access to millions of prescription records, and most likely, so did you.
Google announced today that CVS/pharmacy, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the U.S., has partnered with Google Health to provide patients online access to their prescription drug history through Google Health accounts. This is in addition to Walgreens Pharmacy, Meijer, Medco, and other national pharmacies.
If you purchased prescription drugs from any of these chains, Google can access that information in its never ending goal to organize the world’s information and make it accessible and useful. But is Google having access to private prescription drug information a step too far?
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- While the government strives to deliver electronic health records for all Americans by 2014 - Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS - News) and Google Health(TM) are working on that promise today. The companies' collaboration enables Medco's more than 60 million members to construct their own online personal health record (PHR), effectively creating a secure and private place for their health information to be stored.
Originally posted by Flighty
No I don't want Google to have access to my Prescription records.
It in no way benefits me personally, so no.
Google won't get access to my information because I will go to a chemist/Doctor
who isn't part of this.
There will always be CHOICE.
Retail pharmacies "are waging what some consider a generic-drug price war that is threatening margins in a typically high-profit area and reflects the intense competition that drug store chains face in attracting and keeping customers," the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Journal, generic drug programs have "proliferated" since Wal-Mart in 2006 began selling a month's supply of many generic prescriptions for $4. Now, large pharmacy chains such as Walgreen, CVS Caremark and Rite Aid have begun to "aggressively promote their discount drug programs ... as the economy declined and competition increased," the Journal reports. According to the Journal, "These moves are among the latest in a market battle that has helped lead to lower prices and greater use of generic drugs."
That is right. We have to care. We must.
Not everyone cares about their privacy and what information is accessible by all but there are still some of us who care about it enough to go out of our way to avoid the abuse of it.
Originally posted by atlasastro
reply to post by Merriman Weir
Where Govt provides a national health system, I don't see a problem, because they intergrate these systems purely to make it efficient, economical and user friendly.
But when you get private enterprise involved, to make the means for these systems, it is worrying.
Yeah, I hear ya! What I was refering to though, was the "Ideal" of a system like the NHS or the Australian system of Medicare.
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
You'd think that was the case. See below.
As I understand it, Private enterprise is heavily involved, or was, in the information technolgy that was needed to reform and improve systems. What I find different with the US is, that I would hope, that they were "enablers" that had the expertise to help improve data collection to be used purely by the NHS. This is very different to the US, and you point out quite nicely why Google would have no way to benefit via advertising in the UK as the NHS is not influenced by its information gathering technology.
It might be worth you checking out Private Finance Initiatives and their involvement in large IT projects and the National Health Service over here. There's an incredible amount of "private enterprise involved".
Yes, and they would need private health providers to back them as enterprise partners.
The only way I can see Google wanting to extend this to here is if they actually placed themselves as rivals to Capitas and the other IT-related firms involved in PFI scams.
Good. Great Post. Thanks.
Also, I'm not sure that this Google scheme would be feasible with regard to the current Data Protect Acts. Given the current feelings towards some of Labour's front bench at the moment, I can't see them expanding on this to allow another 'database' at a time when the public are already angry and suspicious in general.
What if your Chemist, GP, Health Insurance, Health Care Provider requests that you use this service.