The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Official Google Blog: Health care information matters

If you are receiving this it’s likely because you are using the internet in some capacity to cope with a medical condition or find out more information about it. I was glad to recently read here (see below) that even Google has acknowledged how vital the area of health information on the Internet it. When the internet first started being used by the average consumer in the 1990s, a large portion of the searches had to do with health.

Now it seems knowing what Paris Hilton has done or how she is feeling is more vital to the average internet user (Traumatize–if you read the news yesterday–which was considered "news."–Ack!)

We’ve yet to see how Google will develop tools to help us with our health issues, records, symptoms and more.But I don’t doubt that if anyone can do it–Google can! And as the internet grows in popularity among the 50-60 year-olds, it will become not only a convenient tool, but a smart financial one too. Because the need for quality information, along wth quality, screened advertisers, is desperately needed.




Link: Official Google Blog: Health care information matters– click to read more

Health care information matters

Posted by Adam Bosworth, Vice President At Google

We often get questions about what we’re doing in the area of health. I have been interested in the issues of health care and health information for a while. It is now one of my main focuses here, and I’ve decided to start posting about it. I’ve been motivated in this field in part by my personal experiences helping to care for my mother, who recently died from cancer after a four-year battle. While the quality of the medical care my mother received was extraordinary, I saw firsthand how challenged the health care system was in supporting caregivers and communicating between different medical organizations. The system didn’t fail completely, but struggled with these phases: What was wrong — it took her doctors nine months to correctly identify an illness which had classic symptoms Who should treat her — there was no easy way to figure out who were the best local physicians and caregivers, which ones were covered by her insurance, and how we could get them to agree to treat her Once she was treated, she had a chronic illness, and needed ongoing care and coordinated nursing and monitoring, particularly once her illness recurred Once she had a correct diagnosis and we’d found the right…

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  CureHunter wrote @

Just wanted to mention our patient activist and physician oriented Health Search startup:
One of our main design goals is to bring patients and physicians closer to the research so they can make the most educated decisions possible and truly begin to practice Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) in real-time.
…without giving anyone your medical records!
Please check it out if you get the chance.

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