TECH BRIEF

IBM, Google team up to port monitor data into health records

Imagine taht you’ve just fallen into diabetic shock and no one is around to call an ambulance. Fortunately, your blood-sugar level is being constantly monitored and the results are sent wirelessly to your physician. Software triggers an alert and the doctor’s office calls for an ambulance.

We’re not quite there yet, but we are a step closer. IBM has announced a new collaborative undertaking with Google and the Continua Health Alliance that enables personal medical devices used for patient monitoring to automatically stream data results into a patient’s health record.

The new capabilities are based on integration of several IBM software packages, including IBM Information Management, IBM Business Intelligence and the WebSphere Premises Server sensor platform. The integrated software does not have an official name yet, but is based on guidelines from the Continua Health Alliance, an industry group working to develop health-care technologies. According to IBM, the software is also based in part on open-source software available now from Eclipse and Open Health Tools, which are open-source communities dedicated to supporting advancements in Healthcare.

For its part, Google Health allows users to store, manage, and share their medical records and personal health information securely online. Google Health was officially launched in May 2008 and is free.

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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