Google Health, which enables you to store and manage all your health information in one place on the Web, is getting a much-needed redesign and feature upgrade today. And Google, which launched Google Health in 2008, has partnered with popular mobile health app CardioTrainer and personal health and wellness monitoring device Fitbit to integrate data from these applications into your Health profile.
Via a new dashboard, Google Health will now organize all of your health and wellness (i.e. fitness) information in one place. The new platform will give provide graphs on your progress with weight loss goals, and you’ll be able to create custom trackers for wellness issues like dietary habits, daily sleep, frequency of exercise, pregnancy or even how many cups of coffee you drink a day.
Additionally, you’ll be able to now keep a journal on progress for wellness goals for health conditions. And Google is upgrading content integration for Google Health, allowing users to access content links for each medical condition, medication or lab result users input in their Google Health profile. Past medical history or conditions can be easily removed as well.
And Google is partnering with TechCrunch50 startup Fitbit, which develops a wearable device that captures health and wellness data such as steps taken, calories burned and sleep quality; and CardioTrainer, a mobile app for tracking fitness activity and weight loss, to integrate this data into your Google Health profile.
Google says that in the two weeks since CardioTrainer’s integration went live, the app’s developer WorkSmart Labs says that users uploaded more than 150,000 workouts to Google Health. This data can then be mashed up with medical data that users input to Google Health.
Of course, one the keys to the overall success of Google Health are partnerships with insurance companies and hospitals to make data more available to consumers. As of last Fall, Google Health still needed to sign up hundreds of insurers in the U.S. Today, Google is announcing relationships with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Sharp HealthCare. Last year, Google announced a partnership with CVS to import prescription data into the platform.
Google Health takes usersâ€™ medical records and brings them online. Users make personal profiles and add their medical info such as conditions, medications, allergies, procedures, test results, and immunizations. Additionally users can import health records from Walgreens and other partners. Users choose who has access to their records, and can revoke access to anyone at anytime. Google says they won’t share records with anyone unless asked to do so by the user. Users can spice up their profiles...