The Future of Medical Record Technology

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Google announced last week that they would close the doors on their medical project, Google Health, leaving an opening for a new player in the medical record tech industry. Google Health was designed as a “personal health record service," a place where patients could voluntarily store all of their health records, in hopes of centralizing their treatment information. The medical industry has limitless room for growth, considering that almost 80 percent of medical records are on paper.


John Moore, research assistant and PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab's New Media Medicine group, hopes that his project "CollaboRhythm" will pick up where Google Health is leaving off.


Dr. John Moore

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

Larry Smith from Phoenix, AZ

Further to my comments posted above - Comments have been made that people/patients want to work with a healthcare provider who is concerned about their health instead of just staring at some computer screen. Very true - that's why the EMRStick -if given to the patient by the provider - this shows a caring by the provider for the patient having them the patient fully prepared for any visit they may make to any provider anywhere. Each provider will know what the others are doing for them the patient - viewing all patient records.

Jul. 07 2011 12:16 AM
Larry Smith from Phoenix Arizona

The EMRStick developed by Medstick Corp USA enables each healthcare provider to instantly know what all other patient providers are doing for the patient - no Internet access required! It stores all medical data, x-rays, lab tests, etc. Easy to carry in pocket, on keychain, in purse. Designed by professional healthcare industry to meet international standards.

Check it out at:

Jul. 06 2011 08:24 PM
Ace Bhattacharjya from Cambridge, MA

There has been quite a few post-mortems about why Google Health failed. Adam Bosworth (one of the early Google Health folks) says that it's because it wasn't social. I'm not sure he's completely right for healthcare-- maybe fitness or wellness. It was probably just harder and a longer term play than Google imagined it would be. Google Health's failure does not means that technology can't help both consumers obtain and physicians deliver better healthcare.

EMRs are integral to building a modern healthcare system- and for improving quality of care and reducing costs (through duplicate tests or reducing fraud). Without EMRs, there is no large scale evidence-based medicine. There are over 360 EMR vendors and while I'm sure some of them produce software that is lower quality that we'd want-- it certainly is not the norm.

It's hard to disagree with Moore's statement that people want people who care for them. But I'd also like to know that the person caring for me has the tools at their disposal to make sure that I'm getting the best care possible. I don't think these things are mutually exclusive-- in fact, what I want is a real person who has a real relationship with me alongside with best of class tools and technology.

Jul. 06 2011 04:10 PM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

Many medical service professionals are struggling to learn new computerized medical records technologies - adding 5-20 extra hours per week to their already way too busy schedules. These programs still have many "bugs;" hospital and health care records systems are crashing and meanwhile the professionals are losing valuable time for treating patients.

Many of these very experienced professionals are considering quitting or early retirement because they don't want to overload their already stressful workdays... Time for programmers to diagnose the electronic "bugs," before we lose the medical professionals who diagnose our physical "bugs."

Jul. 06 2011 07:03 AM

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