Google Health has just bolstered its platform for personal health-management, incorporating new features that allow users to better maintain a picture of their well-being. The service now allows users to set and monitor goals for health conditions, allowing them to keep tabs on their individual progress alongside expected progress. The platform also now integrates directly with popular services like Fitbit and Cardio Trainer, adding on top of already-established connectivity with devices like the the auto-syncing Withings weight scale. These relationships allows individuals to note only capture their weight loss and daily activity levels but also sync that data onto their profile instantly and wirelessly, reducing time barriers to tracking one’s personal analytics.
As these systems allow more users to more passively collect data about themselves and visualize it in intuitive ways, access to more shared data relevant to healthcare professions will begin to emerge. As with examples like OutbreaksNearMe and GE’s Healthmagination project, we expect to see this data continue to be used to help healthcare professionals provide better care on a community level, with information on how conditions are spreading through communities or perhaps how environmental factors in particular areas are impacting people’s health.