NEWS COMMENTARY

Google has access to personal health data of millions of Americans without the need to notify patients

Published:
November 12, 2019
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Google might have your health data, and you may not even know it. Dubbed "Project Nightingale," the deal with Ascension enables Google to gather millions of patient health records. Google has been quick to respond by saying the sharing of such highly sensitive data with tech developers is not uncommon, and it wasn't announced earlier due to the early stage of the work. While we can't speculate on the legalities, clients must keep in mind that data privacy and security are mission-critical in gaining wider trust and acceptance from all health stakeholders. Google's insatiable ambition to gain supremacy in healthcare without paying regard to this critical factor risks jeopardizing everything it has worked for to gain momentum in this space.

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