Examining Google Health
The prospect of online health records—which often incited baseless anxiety—may finally be becoming an American reality. Indeed, President Barack Obama ran for office in 2008 on a promise to computerize medical records within five years. While this project would be costly up front (with a prospective $100 billion budget) the move to digital records could conceivably save the health industry more than $300 billion a year (http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/12/technology/stimulus_health_care/). This switch would also create new jobs and make health recordkeeping easier, as well as more accessible, affordable, and secure. Because of President Obama’s initiative, and other various digital advancements, many programs are currently in development to help establish and grow online health record systems.