Google have found a new use for its real-time communications platform Google Wave – "Wave it seems is good for your health records" — Google engineers intend to argue at USENIX HealthSec '10, part of the 19th USENIX Security Symposium, Aug 11-13, 2010.
"In a paper to be presented by Google engineers titled, "Using the Wave Protocol to Represent Individual's Health Records" which makes the case for Google Wave in the healthcare industry. The paper states, "CCR [Continuity of Care Record] and CCD [Continuity of Care Document] are byproducts of walled gardens of care, where all inputs to system came from the inside and were made by users authenticating to same system. They don't match the more dynamic, messy, and distributed nature of aggregation---but this's precisely what end users, patients, actually want. And unfortunately this issue isn't solved by technology sector's currently used protocols, such as REST-style (Google Health) and Database-style (Microsoft HealthVault) APIs in use." That's where Google's Wave federation protocol comes in, designed for aggregating data and resolving data conflicts in a way that can be audited. "It's built from the ground up to collate multiple sources into a coherent whole," the co-authors state.