Google Health has arrived — except maybe not

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google will announce its long-awaited online health service featuring “personal health records” today. A closer reading of that story, however — bolstered by a timely CNET piece — suggests that Google will simply preview its service at a healthcare-IT trade show now underway in Orlando.

Does Microsoft’s HealthVault really protect your privacy?

When Microsoft launched its much-ballyhooed HealthVault medical-records system for individuals (see my review here), it made such a fetish of security protections that it virtually rendered the service unusable. My own effort just to establish a HealthVault account took roughly two hours, much of that devoted to simply coming up with a password the system would accept; I documented the struggle here. One of the company’s PR reps even emailed me to note that Microsoft is taking “extra precautions at every layer of security” because “privacy and security is one of the areas that Microsoft is taking very seriously for HealthVault.”