Google Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting in Orlando, Fla., that the company has a host of new partners in its personal health-record project.
Google announced last week that it was entering into a pilot program with the Cleveland Clinic. According to a PowerPoint presentation displayed by Schmidt, who gave a keynote address, other partners include: providers 914-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; 585-bed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; 264-bed Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.; 587-bed University of California at San Francisco Medical Center; and Minute Clinic, Minneapolis. It also included pharmacies Walgreens, Longs Drugs Stores and Wal-Mart Stores, and national laboratory service provider Quest Diagnostics.
Other partners Schmidt listed include: the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; electronic medical-record developer Allscripts; the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative; home-health communications provider Health Hero Network; personal health-record providers Dossia and Medem; and medical information services vendors Epocrates, HealthGrades, A.D.A.M. and SafeMed.
Schmidt said the Cleveland Clinic has 1,370 people participating in the trial implementation with Google thus far. Schmidt said it looks at its entry as a platform on which other healthcare IT developers can build and interface.
If youve got an idea that can really change medicine, we want to talk to you, Schmidt said. -- by Joseph Conn
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