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The Internet: Next-generation medical sites

Sites for medical information, creating medical records, linking home devices such as heart-rate monitors, and more

Google.com/health “allows individuals and families to create their own free online medical records,” and to safely share them with physicians. As long as you feel comfortable doling out personal details, storing the information online can be “pretty appealing.”

Healthvault.com, Microsoft’s health-records site, similarly stores medical information. It also offers “programs that can link to home devices such as a blood-glucose meter or a heart-rate monitor.”

Everydayhealth.com “links 24 separate health sites catering to various interests.” These include the pregnancy site Whattoexpect.com and CarePages.com, which “allows hospitalized patients and families to set up their own Web sites to keep relatives and friends posted on the patient’s progress.”

Healthcentral.com includes information on everything from diabetes to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, along with “a cool symptom checker.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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