As if Google hasn’t cornered the Internet market on just about everything, one of its many children, Google Health, just enjoyed a serious makeover, making it one of the most comprehensive and integrated online health tracking tools ever.
In the past, Google Health allowed you to store and track your own health information online, but its recent partnerships with CardioTrainer and FitBit add more texture and tools to anyone wanting to stay more accountable of their health.
CardioTrainer is a a mobile app for tracking fitness activity and weight loss and FitBit is a wearable device that tracks not only how many calories you consumed at lunch, but also how many steps it took you to walk from your car to your office and how many minutes it took you to fall asleep.
With this newly designed and customizable dashboard, Google Health will now organize all of your health and wellness information in one place. You can track your progress and compare your results easily, whatever goal or issue you’re interested in keeping tabs on. Whether you want to monitor how much caffeine you consume, your body weight or even chronicle your pregnancy food cravings, just input the data and Google Health lets you see the results, cleanly presented in one place.
You also have access to your own online journal, where you can record what you eat as well as access informational articles on a recently diagnosed health condition or learn about the side effects of a particular medication you are taking.
Google is reaching out to those who can have a major impact on individual health – health care providers themselves. By directly working with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Sharp HealthCare, Google Health is creating awareness around its new offerings so that Americans harness the power of technology to take better care of their health.