CNET News takes a look at some of the better options for those who want to track their health online.
Microsoft and Google, in addition to WebMD and Revolution Health, have tools for building a personal health record. Dossia is working directly with employers to offer health record options to workers. And ActiveHealth Management has a tool for personal health records available to employers, health plans, and consumers alike. Meanwhile, some providers, such as Kaiser Permanente, also offer their own health records. Following are some of the better options for tracking one's health online.
Google Health is a Web-based tool for personal health records that lets individuals keep their own medical information and grab data from a variety of partners, including laboratory giant Quest Diagnostics and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. It also has deals with a number of pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, and Longs Drugs, as well as drug benefit managers such as Medco.
Shown here is a beta test of an upcoming version of the software. Since September, Wal-Mart has deployed Dossia's tool to thousands of its workers.
Of note, the $35 gadget works with Windows 98 or later; the software for entering health data is not Mac-compatible. The data file, however, is in a plain-text format that can be accessed without special software.