I just stumbled over the fact that the idea of a "Healthbook" ("like Facebook, but for health data") is one of the big ideas mentioned in the preliminary report of the 2020 Summit to the Prime Minister in Australia, setting out the key results of discussion by 1000 Australians over the weekend of 19 and 20 April in Canberra...
Create a "Healthbook" (like Facebook) for Australians to take greater ownership of their health information and electronically share it with people they trust – for example their doctor, nurse or family members.Source: 2020 Preliminary Report .
Users could control their health “friends” and their level of access, share data as desired, and ask for real time advice on health issues.
Where does this idea come from? Well, it may be a coincidence - but I actually presented our concept of a Healthbook  in my keynote at the Australian 10th Annual Health Care Congress in Sydney in February 2008 (as noted in my previous blog entry ), about 8 weeks before the 2020 summit. I even showed some slides from our prototype Healthbook application. My hypothesis is that somebody in the audience of the Health Care Congress (there were many prominent health policy researchers present who were also at the 2020 summit) must have been a participant in the 2020 summit and apparently the presentation made some impact... Or is it just a case of "great minds think alike"?
Funny how these things go sometimes...
I also hear that my respected colleague Enrico Coiera is also working on a Healthbook.
We actually registered "Healthbook" as a trademark already last year...
1. 2020 Preliminary Report, URL:http://www.australia2020.gov.au/docs/2020_Summit_initial_report.pdf. Accessed: 2008-05-28. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5Y9RoDs0B)
2. Eysenbach, Gunther. Google Health starts pilot test at Cleveland Clinic - and my reflections on Personal Health Records 2.0 (PHR 2.0). Gunther Eysenbach Random Rants Blog. 2008-02-21. URL:http://gunther-eysenbach.blogspot.com. Accessed: 2008-03-08. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5WAZNYYli)