The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Google has been collecting patient diagnoses, experimental results, and hospital records from Ascension, the second largest medical institution in the United States, without the knowledge of patients and doctors.
Not only that, but health history data including the patient’s name and date of birth are also shared by both parties. At least 150 employees inside Google can access the privacy information of millions of patients through this program called Project Nightingale.
It is said that Google will develop new software driven by AI based on these searched data. At first glance, this approach is a violation of privacy, but technically the US Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act does allow hospitals to share information with business partners to assist hospitals without notifying patients.
Provide better medical services. So as major technology giants are increasingly involved in the medical field, things like Google may become more common in the future.