Googles plans for health information technology are still unclear, but the roster of heavy hitters on the new Google Health Advisory Council indicates that those plans are ambitious.
The mission of the Google Health Advisory Council is broadly to help us better understand the problems consumers and providers face every day and offer feedback on product ideas and development, according to an announcement posted on the official Google Blog by Missy Krasner, former senior adviser in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, who is now identified as a product marketing manager.
The panel will be chaired by Dean Ornish, the founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco.
Other members of the panel include: RAND Health associate natural scientist Douglas Bell; Cleveland Clinic Chief Executive Officer Toby Cosgrove; Health Technology Center CEO Molly Coye; and CareGroup Health System and Harvard Medical School Chief Information Officer and Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Chairman John Halamka.
Council members will be compensated for their service.
"All advisory council members are offered a $1,500 honorarium per quarterly meeting of the health council," said Google spokesman Steve Langdon in an e-mail. "They may take this honorarium, waive it or donate it to a charity of their choice. The chairman is paid a larger stipend for his work and some of the advisory council members will do work for Google and be paid as consultants beyond the work of the council." -- by Andis Robeznieks