This, in the nature of the web, is a convoluted one.
It confirms that the web is very......well, webby.
I saw a nice review to a very smart iPhone app called Pastebot that takes copy and paste to another level. Mac users will be particularly pleased as they have a free syncing app that is just genius. The same company also produces Weightbot - not surprisingly an app to record your weight/BMI etc. And before you ask, yes, I did buy it and I am starting to track my weight.
Well, interestingly Weightbot can pull data pushed to the internet by some wifi enabled bathroom scales from a company called Withings. These scales can also push data to Google Health. Got there in the end.
So, Google Health, which is only available to US users, allows one to create your own medical profile including conditions, medications. allergies, procedures, test results and immunisations. Profiles can also be created for family members and shared with others. There is of course a huge raft of privacy issues here - but I don't think we should be scared to examine this usage.
Naturally, because the folks at Google are pretty clever, it's possible to pull data from healthcare providers such as pharmacies, radiologists and labs such as Quest Diagnostics. There are even services that will find your medical records from around the globe and convert them to Google Health format. Another provider accepts faxed records and converts them for you.
Another feature is the ability to authorise specialist diagnostic services to monitor your glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI etc. so that they can provide you with alerts and reminders.
Famously one of Google's tenet's is to 'do no evil'. They could do significant good if they continued to develop their electronic health records into a freely available global standard.
Having a global standard that became widely adopted could significantly improve protocol feasibility evaluation, facilitate the identification of suitable subjects for clinical trials, allow data exchange with EDC systems and ultimately reduce the SDV burden.
Thanks for staying with me on this one!