Google Health and Google PowerMeter are both officially dead, the company confirmed. Google said that the two products were born out of a desire to help put more information at the fingertips of users, but neither saw the level of adoption that made them worth maintaining over the long term. As a result, the company is giving users an opportunity to download their information before shutting the services down for good.
Google Pulling Life Support on Google Health, PowerMeter
"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," Google Health senior product manager Aaron Brown and Google green energy czar Bill Weihl wrote. "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."
The Product was Supposed to act as a Central Repository
Google Health made its beta debut in May of 2008, roughly half a year after Microsoft launched its own similar product called HealthVault. The product was supposed to act as a central repository for all your health-related information: prescriptions and health records from doctors, along with regularly updated height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other measurements. Users could choose to share that information with third parties—doctors, caretakers, or spouses, for example—in order to better manage the constant flow of health information.
Google Health users will have until January 1, 2012 to download their data to various formats for importing elsewhere, while PowerMeter users will have until September 16, 2011 to do the same.