Saturday, December 02, 2006

Creating a good health portal

Time for a quick weekened rumination.

Looking for online health information and advice is big. It was a premier activity, according to a recent PEW survey. However, what about an ideal health portal? There are many small players but this article will focus on efforts from Google and Yahoo.

I have seen Google’s and Yahoo’s health portals.

They are not up to the mark. Google people have been talking about quality health information for quite some time. At present, Google’s health app. is just a search application – and at best it will be a OneBox affair.

On the other hand, Yahoo health promotes Yahoo’s content, which would have indeed been great if it included Yahoo Answers on the home page instead of cluttering it with big calculators and directory boxes.

Yahoo has done well with its new Wii Portal.
It is simple. It aggregates information from Flickr,, MyWeb, Yahoo News etc. Adding more how tos would help.

Earlier, I suggested about creating Digg for health.

I suggest Youtube for health/fitness, Myspace for patients (disease-wise).



At 3:30 PM , Blogger YoYoYo said...

Just wanted to mention our patient activist and physician oriented Health Search startup "CureHunter". One of our main design goals is to bring patients and physicians closer to the research so they can make the most educated decisions possible and truly begin to practice Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) in real-time.

...without giving anyone your medical records!

Please check it out if you get the chance.

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