Google Health – Product Overview

>>RONI ZIEGER: Hi, my name is Roni Zeiger.
I’m a project manager at Google, and I’m also a physician.
Every day millions of people all over the world come to Google to search for information
about their health. They search to learn more about symptoms,
allergies, doctors and medications. But we think there’s even more Google can
do, and that’s why we build Google Heatlh. So how do you get started with Google Health?
Just go to your browser and type in To log in, you’ll need a Google account.
You can sign up for a Google account with just a user name and password.
It’s what you do, for example, when you create a Gmail account.
You don’t need to give us your name, your home address or zip code, or even your health
insurance ID number. If you already have a Google account, you
can use your existing user name and password to start a Google Health account.
Once you’re logged into Google Health, you’ll have the option to add information to your
Google Health profile, import medical records, discover online health tools or search for
a doctor or hospital. What about privacy?
You, and only you, control your medical records and health information in Google Health.
You choose what information you store, and who can view it.
What about security? We make sure this information is safe on our
servers. We use state of the art technologies, like
encryption, firewalls and backup systems to protect it.
We also make sure that our servers always stay secure.
To add information about your health history to your profile just click on “Add to this
Google Health profile.” You can add conditions, medications, allergies,
procedures, tests and immunizations. Say you’ve recently begun taking a new medication,
like the antibiotic amoxicillin, for a bad case of Sinusitus.
You can click on the “Medications” tab and either scroll down to amoxicillin, or type
it into the search box. When the medication appears, select it, and
then click “Add.” And Google health will alert you if your new
medication might have an interaction with another drug you’re taking or with one of
your drug allergies. You can also choose to import your medical
records and share information with health care providers and services you use and trust.
To link your profile to a service, go to “”Import medical records” and find the service you
want to connect to. Then, click “Link accounts.”
That will bring you to that services website, where you’ll sign in and authorize to sync
the information you have in that service with your Google Health profile.
And remember that some services will only be able to add information to your profile
and not view it, while others will be able to add information and view your profile.
We’ll give you a heads up before you add any service that can view your profile.
You can also rest assure that we won’t sell your medical records or personal health information
to these services, or to anyone, for that matter.
And we will not share any of your information without your explicit permission.
Once you’ve created one profile, you might want to create some more.
To do this just click “Create a new profile.” Why would you create more than one profile?
Well, you may want to create profiles for different people, say your parents or children
whose health you look after. That way you can make sure their health information
is organized, too. It’s up to you which profiles you share.
And you can add and delete profiles at any time, as your needs change.
I hope this gives you a better idea how Google Health can help you collect, store, manage
and share you health information. To learn more about Google Health, go to
Thank you for watching, and thanks for using Google.

51 thoughts on “Google Health – Product Overview

  1. at least google has an incentive to keep the information private…unlike the government. if google were to have people's info leak out theyd better be ready for some lawsuits. that being said i think this software has some real potential.

  2. Now, the million dollars question:


    I mean, if people keeps a record of their medical history, they are already doing it offline, and in that case there's no need to outsource the privacy of their offline storage.

    If they are not doing it, for the principle of Garbage In Garbage Out, they won't do it online either.

    And don't tell me about convenience, because if it's important enough to see a doctor, it's also important enough to dig the info from the offline storage.

  3. I liked the auto-allergy finder thing.. Many people don't know which new medication might affect their previous medications.. This will help keep things in order 🙂 Great work Google.. Kudos again.. 😀

  4. Google is literally moving towards all popular branches, aren't they? Are they trying to take over the world or something? x3

  5. It's just pointless.

    As I've outlined, there is no real advantage in giving up your health record privacy to Google besides for the "cool" factor.

    Personally, I prefer not to keep all of my eggs in one basket.
    Call it Risk Management if you like it, but if they don't have it, they can't lose it.

    How's that for security?

  6. I am wondering how can this video be made with such amazing clearity? This is professional production… I wish I can do the same!

  7. Google knows that health care is where the money is at and so does the government. With all the baby boomers about to hit the hospitals,pharmacies and old folks homes it's about to explode into massive amounts of money being made. If you wanna make some money in the coming years then get into something to do with health.

  8. super if u are a hypohondriac !!!! (A person who has hypochondriasis, a disorder characterized by a preoccupation with body functions and the interpretation of normal body sensations (such as sweating) or minor abnormalities (such as minor aches and pains) as portending problems of major medical moment. Reassurance by physicians and others only serves to increase the hypochondriac's persistent anxiety about their health)

  9. Safari is more reliable as of now and they were probably using a Mac as well. At least, it is not Internet Explorer.

  10. I don't see the point of this??

    I mean if the medication you are taking can interfere with other medication , shouldn't have your pharmacist or your doctor already known about this?

  11. Your IP address and your browser's cookies for Google search, Gmail, YouTube, and all the other Google's services are very well known to Google.

    If you've ever used Google Checkout, or signed up for Google AdSense or AdWords they also know your financial info as well.

    And if you use Firefox or Google Toolbar in any browser, Google knows about all the sites you visit.

    They don't need to contact your ISP, they can provide more info to your ISP than the ISP already has.

  12. And this is not about evilness or whatever, it's just a matter of not keeping all your eggs in one basket.

    You don't do it for your money, you shouldn't do it for your data either.

  13. No they will share any information that they are court ordered too, and in today's upside down orwellian world that is not that hard to get with all the levels of corruption. Perhaps their anti free expression filter will deny this post 🙁

  14. it would be nice if homeopathic medications and supplements were also listed. Just in order to keep track of everything.

  15. Great video. If only the information stays vague as to who these health car providers are. Don't forget that google is still commercial, so privacy and security will always remain an uncertain issue, even if the promise is made convincing in the video. This is an advice from a doctor.

  16. I love using Google but there's not a cat in hells chance I would disclose any health information to them, even with all the firewalls ya de da. Calm Down google. I can see it now "Hi I'm Rob SmigerWiger and Im from Google DNA, you know you can safely upload your DNA with your own Google Account…" Damm noooooo!!!1

  17. Yip – sorry maybe its the british in me, (with our love affair with the old UK NHS) I believe our health information should reside (privately) with our GP not corporate organisations – I may be wrong but it doesn't sit comfortably with me..

  18. Thay say its safe so many times that I get nervous! I don't think it's safe…

    And by Privacy? See this movie: ?v=R7yfV6RzE30
    Or this: ?v=enNV3raMDzI

  19. @nilbud it's really not though. I suffer from arthritis, and going to a conventional doctor i was given Naproxen, at the age of 14. I started developing stomach ulcers from the Naproxen. My doctor gave me the option to have stomach ulcers or suffer through arthritis. My naturopath has worked with me for 4years now. And my arthritis has gotten incredibly better. I no longer am bed ridden for days on end when there are barometric pressure changes.

  20. Google Health will be discontinued as a service.

    The product will continue service through January 1, 2012.

    After this date, you will no longer be able to view, enter or edit data stored in Google Health. You will be able to download the data you stored in Google Health, in a number of useful formats, through January 1, 2013.

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