Google Health is a free personal health record service provided by Google, which allows users to integrate their separate health records into one centralized profile. By merging users’ input, Google Health gives users a personal health portfolio, including health record, information on conditions and possible interactions between conditions and drugs. Google Health also provides users convenient way to share medical records with insurance companies and doctors. Although Google Health seems a useful and convenient tool, a lot of people qualm about the secure of their health information. Under Google Health’s Terms of Service, , it’s not covered by the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996”, which means HIPAA privacy laws do not apply to it. Next, Google Health can share uses’ health information with affiliated companies, subsidiaries, other trusted businesses or the U.S. government. Moreover, Google Health can sell off users’ health information to the third party.
Although Google claims to protect users’ health information and addresses the HIPAA concerns in a blog post. Privacy concern issues about Google Health still exist , including how Google Health uses and shares your information, advertising to physicians and privacy concerns, information Security issue of online application. In my opinion, using free web-based service is a kind of trade-off. Users get the free online service by providing their personal information, but users also take the risk of their personal information. Although Google need to address more on privacy concern issues, maybe it’s the price users need to pay.