US to probe Google deal to manage healthcare dataBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6515 (Published 13 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6515
- Owen Dyer
The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human Services has opened an inquiry into a partnership between Google and one of the country’s largest non-profit Catholic health systems, in which the corporate giant is handling patients’ medical data without their knowledge or consent.
The government stepped in after media reports questioned whether a company that collects data to target advertising should be handling personal medical records, as Google employees do under the terms of Project Nightingale, a collaboration with Ascension, which operates 151 hospitals and more than 2000 clinics in 21 states. The Office for …