Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will detail the company’s plans for Google-izing the health care industry at a health care trade show on Thursday morning, starting with a consumer destination site called Google Health. Schmidt is scheduled to give the morning keynote speech at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2008 annual conference here and will outline Google’s vision on tackling the next Internet frontier of medical data. The move, rumored for a few years, makes sense, given how much people use the Web to get health information and how much they spend on medicines and health care.
Google Health is being previewed at the company booth and gives a glimpse of what consumers participating in a trial in Cleveland will experience–a clean and simple interface where people can get to their health information in one place, share it with others, and search for information and care providers. Google Health will be available for anyone with a Google account to use later this year, said Missy Krasner, product marketing manager for Health Team Google.
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