Venter on the Web 2.0 summit, Mayer on Google Health and petabytes

The ongoing mainstream Web 2.0 summit has a little coverage on health and biomedicine too:

an upcoming conversation with genomics maverick, uncovered Craig Venter and

a past presentation by Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President for Search Products & User Experience, on health information. Sarah Milstein says: “They’re also interested in helping you store and access your own health records. While giving people more control over their own data is an important idea, not to mention a trend we hope to see more of, Google may have to build (or rebuild?) user trust before people make it the repository of their most sensitive information.”

From the Wired post: “Mayer mentioned that 2 billion x-rays are taken every year, each of which would take 10 megabytes of data. That’s 200 petabytes of info. “The word petabytes gets us really excited,” says Mayer, “because that’s what we’re good at: handling large amounts of information, organizing and storing it.”

This reminds me of another Google project, nicknamed Palimpsest.

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3 thoughts on “Venter on the Web 2.0 summit, Mayer on Google Health and petabytes

  1. One thing that I never hear talked about in these discussions about Google and MS health record databases is what the reactions of doctors are. Doctors, in general, tend to be somewhat technophobic, at least when it comes to their work. No doctor is going to use a patient-curated record unless it’s an emergency situation, like during an emergency room visit for an out of town patient. I can see people editing out all kinds of potentially embarrassing or incriminating things, basically just leaving immunization records, and if doctors are depended on to update things, they’ll likely be as conscientious about that as they are about entering patient notes currently(which, according to a nurse I know, is not at all).

    I don’t mean to be the downer, and I do think there’s a need for improving access to records, but from the kinds of things I hear talked or written about, I’m not given confidence that they’re really focused on making something that will actually solve the problems.

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