Citing poor adoption by consumers, Google Inc. announced on June 24 that the Google Health online service--which includes a personal health record and related health wellness tools--will be "retired" after Jan. 1, 2012. Consumers will be able to download their Google Health data through Jan. 1, 2013.

"When we launched Google Health, our goal was to create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information," Google said in a statement. "We wanted to translate our successful consumer-centered approach from other domains to healthcare and have a real impact on the day-to-day health experiences of millions of our users.

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