Google Health To Be Shuttered On January 1, 2012

google-health-logoGoogle Health, the company’s attempt to improve health care by letting consumers move medical data online and control who can access it, is shutting down. The service will be retired on January 1, 2012.

In a blog post announcing the news, Google says the product didn’t catch on as it had hoped:

Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would. There has been adoption among certain groups of users like tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and more recently fitness and wellness enthusiasts. But we haven’t found a way to translate that limited usage into widespread adoption in the daily health routines of millions of people.

User data stored in Google Health will remain available for download for an extra year, until January 1, 2013. There are a number of different download options detailed in Google’s blog post. Any any data not downloaded after January 1, 2013 will be permanently deleted, Google says.

Google Health launched in early 2008. As we wrote at the time, there was obvious value in what Google Health offered, but legitimate questions about whether the end user would go through the “heavy lifting” required to extract that value. Today’s decision seems to confirm that not enough users were willing to do that.

Google’s announcement today also says that PowerMeter, a somewhat similar tool that allowed users to put data about personal energy consumption online, is shutting down later this year. It’ll be available until September 16, 2011.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Health | Top News

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  • http://avado.com Dave Chase

    Having founded Microsoft’s Health business and recently launched something (launched at TechCrunch Disrupt a month ago) that has some overlap with Google Health, I’ve had some people ask for my reaction. Here’s my quick take….
    1. It’s tough, even for big companies, to focus on a bunch of different things…but they have bigger fish to fry.
    2. The Health space is a very difficult one. It requires laser focus from the entire company.
    3. As much as there’s a massive consumer-empowerment movement, in order to get ongoing and broad adoption of something in healthcare, one needs to lead with the clinicians.

    If you are interested in more, I’ve written a post on my Seattle Startup Buzz blog –
    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlestartupbuzz/2011/06/24/google-health-shutting-down-reaction-from-the-founder-of-microsofts-health-business/ or we’ll post stuff on Avado.com about migration options for Google Health customers.

  • http://Thriveworks.com Anthony Centore PhD

    Google Health would have been a huge asset if Google would have made Google Health into an EHR accessible by healthcare providers. Working in the healthcare industry on the medical credentialing side of things, we hear from providers every day who are looking for an affordable and reliable EHR.

  • Paresh.shrimali

    I think people are Mad. Google Provide free health advise but people waste those money for paid health adviser. we know that health is most important factor of our body but first we take advise from google and then after going for doctor advise. so we should be more clear about our health problem, decease and we get perfect treatment for our health problem.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/marykaylofurno Mary Kay Lofurno

    I say sincerely good job Google. There were strong enough to try things and strong enough to shut something down when it was not working. I am sure that the company and the management team have learned a few things from this. There may be some gem in the rubble they can pick up or maybe not, but they did try.

    I agree with Dave Chase, very hard for a big company to do lots of different things..this is definitely NOT their sweet spot. Plus there is alot of sensitivity associated with medical information online…its just not their business. Now refocus those resources on search & making your tool better.

  • kaychan

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsGet.com

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