Google faces probe for gathering medical records - report

Wednesday, 13. November 2019 01:38

The United States Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services opened an inquiry into Google's "Project Nightingale" done in cooperation with the Ascension health system, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. An inquiry aims to investigate whether the US tech giant illegally collected medical information of millions of patients.

"[We] will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals’ medical records to ensure that HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] protections were fully implemented. While new technology holds great promise for improving health care outcomes, the privacy and security of patients’ health data must not be sacrificed to achieve this goal," the office director Roger Severino told WSJ.

Previously, Ascension, the second-largest health care company in the US, made a deal with Alphabet-owned Google to store medical records of around 50 million patients in one database including patients' names and dates of birth as well as their lab tests, doctor diagnoses, medication and hospitalization history, and billing claims.

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