More on the Countdown to Google Health — Thanks to tipster Robert Wingo, we learned about recent Google Health leaks — he’s been able to access google health results, at least intermittently, and posted some screenshots over on informaticsnurse.
The search results can be filtered, for patients or for health professionals. The patient’s search results can be divided up into categories like “Symptoms” and “Treatment, while the health professionals section adds filteres like “patient handouts” or “practice guidelines” …
If this is real, it’s good. It’s not as jaw-dropping as Google Earth or as innovative and useful as Gmail, but it’s a start at categorizing the mountains of health info out there. Of course, health professionals know how to navigate this info better than the lay population, but we think the highlighted access to handouts and clinical trials will be appreciated by docs and nurses.
We look forward to seeing just how these filters do their jobs, and what sites getting favored status. Google Health could go live as soon as tomorrow!