Two services of Google are to be closed down that it hoped would create a serious impact on healthcare and power usage of people.
The services of Google Health and Google PowerMeter were opened in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Health project aims to provide users additional access to information concerning them that was classically held by doctors, and after that to be able to get extra power over their individual healthcare. The PowerMeter project would, it was anticipated, give confidence people to lower their levels of energy expenditure by illustrating them how much they were using. The services operated in the slogans “Better health comes from better information” and “Save Energy. Save Money. Make a Difference”.
Writing on the official Google Blog, Aaron Brown and Bill Weihl said that the services would be accessible for a limited time so that people can retrieve their data.
The pair wrote, “Both [services] were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving money and conserving energy at home. While they didn’t scale as we had hoped, we believe they did highlight the importance of access to information in areas where it’s traditionally been difficult.”
A study of Google Health’s failure on ReadWriteWeb recommended that the product itself was better; however, Google had not sustained it in the correct way. Brian Ahier, Oregon IT speclialist said, “Google’s decision to pull the plug on Google Health will ultimately be a bad thing for the whole industry.”