Sunsetting Google Health and Google PowerMeter on January 1 2012 / September 16, 2011

Google just announced that in the coming months, the company will retire two products that didn't catch on the way as they have hoped, but did serve as influential models. The products are: "First is, Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013), and second one is Google PowerMeter […]

Google just announced that in the coming months, the company will retire two products that didn't catch on the way as they have hoped, but did serve as influential models. The products are: "First is, Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013), and second one is Google PowerMeter (retiring September 16, 2011)."

"Both 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," google said.

If you're a GH user, google made it easy for you to retrieve data from GH time before Jan 1, 2013. Visit here to download your info by print and save it, or transfer it to other services that support industry-standard data formats. Available formats include:

  • Printable PDF including all the records in your GH profile
  • Industry-standard Continuity of Care Record (CCR) XML that can be imported into other personal health tools such as Microsoft HealthVault
  • CSV files that can be imported into spreadsheets and database programs for ongoing tracking and graphing
  • HTML and XML versions of the original "data notices" sent to your Google Health profile by linked data providers
  • A unified ZIP archive that includes all files you've uploaded to your profile, plus all of the formats above

"Over the coming weeks google'll also be adding the ability to directly transfer your health data to other services that support the Direct Project protocol, an emerging open standard for efficient health data exchange. And while we'll discontinue the GH service at the beginning of 2012, we'll keep these download options available for one more year, through the start of 2013. This approach to download and transfer capability," google stated.

"PowerMeter users will have access to the tool until September 16, 2011. We've made it easy for you to download your data: simply log in to your account and go to "Account Settings" to export to a comma separated values file. We'll be contacting users directly with more information on this process," google added.

[Source: Google blog]