Google collecting health data of millions in US - report

Monday, 11. November 2019 21:18

Google is collecting personal health information of millions of Americans on the basis of contracts with the largest healthcare systems in the country, as a part of the tech giant's push into healthcare, according to a Wall Street Journal report published on Monday.

The so-called Project Nightingale collects lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, without notifying the doctor or the patients in question. According to legal experts cited in the report, this is in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

The project reportedly started last year with the second-largest health system domestically, Ascension, which operates a chain of more than 2,600 hospitals across 23 states.

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