Google Health now live

By Bernie Monegain
12:00 AM

Google launched its much-anticipated Google Health platform Monday. Google Health combines Google's search engine capabilities with an individual's online personal health records.

Users can access the service at google.com/health.

"It's a really exciting day for us. We're really happy to be able to offer this service to all our users," Marissa Mayer, vice president of search and user products at Google, said in the Webcast Monday. The Webcast was billed as "a factory tour."

The new product is designed make it possible for patients and physicians to collaborate more closely, Google executives said.

Google tested the service by storing medical records for a few thousand patient volunteers at the not-for-profit Cleveland Clinic.

"We chose Cleveland Clinic as one of the first partners to pilot our new health offering because as a provider, they already empower their patients by giving them online tools that help them manage their medical records online and coordinate care with their doctors," Mayer said.