Reported by the report of the news published by the newspaper The Wall Street Journal on Monday – citing an informed source – that the company Google is engaged in a secret project with one of the largest care systems in the United States for all personal health information detailed for millions of Americans in 21 states, and collect them.
It seems that this initiative, dubbed Project Nightingale, is the largest in a series of efforts by Silicon Valley giants for access to data of personal health and the establishment of a foothold in the health care industry is huge. As companies operate, such as: Amazon, Apple, Microsoft is actively working on the delivery of health care, although they did not conclude deals in this range until now.
According to the newspaper, showed the documents that Google has started efforts in the past year with the Ascension – based in St. Louis – which is the second largest health system in the United States, and then began the exchange of data between the two companies is accelerating since the summer.
The data include participating in Project Nightingale lab results, the diagnosis of the doctor, records of advisory, among other categories, and to the health record, including patients ‘ names, dates of birth.
According to a person familiar with the topic and the documents, the patients or the doctors didn’t plan it. The project is not at least 150 employees of Google already access a lot of data belonging to tens of millions of patients.
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According to sources also, ask some of the staff of Ascension questions about the way in which data are collected include, either technically or morally. But privacy experts said: it seems that it is allowed under federal law. And allows (the law of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) for hospitals generally share data with business partners without telling patients, as long as the information was used “only to help the Covered Entity in carrying out the functions of health care”.
Used Google in this case data, in part, to the design of a new program, Think advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, which works on individual patients to propose changes in their care. Employees at Google have access to information to patients – according to documentation – including some staff members of the Google Brain: The Science section of the research, which attributed to him some of the biggest achievements of the company.
Said a Google spokeswoman to the Wall Street Journal: the project is fully compliant with the Health Act federal incorporates strong protection to patient data. This; believes that there is a financial motive behind the project for both my company Google, and Ascension. As Google has appointed dozens of Engineers Project Nightingale until now, without charging for Labour, as they hoped to use the framework product to sell similar systems to other health. The ultimate goal of which is to create a comprehensive search tool to assemble patient data and various hosted all in one place, according to The shown documents.
The project is being developed in the framework section of the Google Cloud – which compete with sections of similar companies Amazon and Microsoft in market share. The CEO of Google (Sundar Pichai) have stated more than once during the current year to find areas of new growth of the cloud is a priority. Aim The Ascension – a series of approximately 2,600 hospitals and medical offices and other facilities – in part to improve patient care. It also hopes to use the data to determine the additional tests that may be necessary or other ways that the system can achieve more revenue from patients. The company is looking also to the system faster than the network keeping electronic records current decentralization.