Google Voice

I’m loving Google Voice.

It’s coming in very handy now that I’m carrying two devices. (more on that in a future post)

But it’s kinda crazy that I can run the google voice app on a new Verizon Blackberry 8530 (aka Curve2) and not on an iPhone.

Verizon has historically been hostile to third party services. While Apple iPhone was supposed to be the best mobile platform for third party developers.

In many ways it’s still true but not being able to run Google Voice on my iPhone is a serious buzzkill.

So my daughter wants a mobile phone

This morning, like most Fridays, I take my daughters to breakfast before school (the boy hangs at home with mom. No preschool on Fridays)

My oldest is now 10. And these days she is selling me hard on why she wants a phone.

This morning was no different.

I’m not ready to give her one yet. And i gave her my reasons.

Then she asked “dad, when did you get your first phone?”

I replied, “I didn’t get one until I was 22”

She laughed “hey, tell me the truth!”

I say “I am. Really”

She pipes back “I’m gonna ask grandma when she first bought you a phone”

I then say “look, Sophia, they didn’t even have cell phones when I was your age”

Her reply – “no way”

Google Health

I just set up my profile on Google Health.

I added my basic vitals (birthdate, weight, height) plus the date of my recent flu shot, my allergies as well as past surgeries.

I shared my profile with my wife so she now has full access.

A few weeks ago I had a routine physical including blood tests to check on my cholesterol. I still don’t have the results. It’s on my todo list to call my doctors office to get the data but thats a hassle.

I wish there was an easy & automatic way to get that data into my profile.

As I’ve said before, the family tree is missing medical history. And while it’s easy to complain about the current antiquated paper based medical records system, it’s exciting to consider where things like Google Health and other web based services are taking us.

In the future my kids (and their kids) will be able to see my medical history. It will help us stay informed.  It will help us make better decisions. As patients we will connect with others going through same issues. We can connect each other to new studies, new research, new data.

Powerful stuff to think about .

What else becomes possible once our data is available?