Google Health head resigns

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 1, 2007

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Google's vice president in charge of health-related projects has left the company.

In an e-mail to American Medical News, Google spokesman Steve Langdon said Adam Bosworth would not be returning from vacation, and that he was leaving to pursue other interests. Marissa Mayer is taking over the health team in the interim until a permanent replacement is named.

Bosworth fueled speculation of Google embarking on a major health-related project, suspected to be a personal health record or a health-related search engine, in several public statements made throughout the year.

Google Co-Op was launched in 2006 as a way to organize information by "tagging" and classifying types of data, including that relating to health.

But no major health-related projects have been announced since Bosworth came on board three years ago and created Google Health.

The company did, however, form a health advisory committee earlier this year meant to advise it regarding new health-related services.

One of its members is AMA Chief Operating Officer Bernie Hengesbaugh. However, the AMA says his involvement does not constitute an endorsement of whatever Google develops as a result.

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