Google Health: It's Over

I guess you’ve heard the news:

Google is giving up on its vision of helping people live healthier lives with online personal health records.

When Google Health was introduced in 2008, Marissa Mayer, a Google executive, said it would be a “large ongoing initiative” that the company hoped would attract millions of regular users.

But Google Health never really caught on.

Well, I know it’s easy to say now, but I wasn’t that surprised. After the first steps, and after years of hard work, Google Health failed to make a real impact on healthcare. When I read the news, an old blog entry of mine came to my mind:

Expecting Google Health to change healthcare is something like expecting Wikipedia to substitute all encyclopaedias in the world…

Some great pieces on this issue: