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    Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

    Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

    Google quietly partnered last year with Ascension—the country's second-largest health system—and has since gained access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans, according to a November 11 report by The Wall Street Journal.

    The endeavor, code-named "Project Nightingale," has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper's sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates.

    The move is the latest by Google to get a grip on the sprawling health industry. At the start of the month, Google announced a deal to buy Fitbit, prompting concerns over what it will do with all the sensitive health data amassed from the popular wearables. Today's news will likely spur more concern over health privacy issues.

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    In related news, Google also bought FitBit, which provide real-time data on people's heart rate and body temperature and so forth.

    Google bought Fitbit for the data, of course

    Google announced plans to buy Fitbit for more than $2 billion, and make no mistake, it’s not for the wristbands.

    Google has been working on products related to health and medicine for years. Last year, it announced an effort to use artificial intelligence to scan electronic health records, or EHRs, to make predictions about what might happen with hospitalized patients.

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    Somehow, this (the health records thing) doesn't run afoul of HIPAA.

    Health privacy experts told WSJ that the project appears to be legal under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). As the newspaper notes, the law "generally allows hospitals to share data with business partners without telling patients, as long as the information is used 'only to help the covered entity carry out its health care functions.'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Somehow, this (the health records thing) doesn't run afoul of HIPAA.
    Since they are so interested in our health, maybe all of us should preemptively mail them a stool sample?
    Get off the cross, we need the wood.

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    Ehhh well, so does the IRS. And pretty much any police.

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