Google Health And Google PowerMeter Both Perish
Google will discontinue two of its products, Google Health and Google PowerMeter, since neither platform every really took off. Google Health was launched in May 2008 and was intended to be a service that catered to health and wellness as an information resource.
Users were also able to import their medical records, lab results, prescription information, and immunization histories to google.com/health under an individual account.
The other unsuccessful measure was Google PowerMeter, an energy monitoring tool that allowed users to analyze their home’s energy consumption. On paper, these two services sound quite useful and potentially successful, so why didn’t they succeed?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I have never heard of either service- so if I had to give a reason for the failure is that Google didn’t spend enough money to market the two products.
Google PowerMeter is scheduled to retire on September 16th allowing users a time period to download their data onto their accounts. Google Health will retire on January 1st of 2012 but you can grab your records from there until January 1st, 2013, via PDF, HTML, or XML files.
Users will also be able to transfer their files to other health database services like Microsoft’s HealthVault.