This is beyond invasion of privacy!Doctor Google will see you now! Privacy fears as tech giant ‘strikes deal’ with hospital chain to use 32 MILLION patient records to create algorithms that will guide healthcare workers’ decisions
- HCA Heathcare announced the partnership with Google Cloud on Wednesday
- Company operates 186 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care in the US
- Will use Google technology to develop new healthcare algorithms for doctors
- HCA says names will be removed from the records and deal follows privacy laws
Google has struck a deal with a massive hospital chain to help analyze some 32 million patient records, and hopes to develop new healthcare algorithms that could guide doctors’ decisions.https://4fedf3f76e7b733bffe1f01cbe6214bb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
HCA Healthcare, the hospital chain based in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday announced the deal to consolidate and store data from its digital health records and medical devices with Google Cloud.
Using anonymized records stripped of personally identifying information, HCA plans to use Google’s AI technology to develop algorithms that could advise doctors on the best treatment options for patients.
HCA, which owns and operates 186 hospitals and some 2,000 care sites including clinics, says it will utilize Google’s ‘planetary-scale database’ to analyze data from its 32 million annual records of patient visits.
‘Our contract prohibits Google Cloud from the use of patient identifiable information,’ an HCA spokesman told DailyMail.com in a statement. ‘Furthermore, access to any data is prohibited without HCA Healthcare’s permission.’
Many details of the deal remain unclear, including the financial side and whether the algorithms that HCA develops to improve treatment will be proprietary to the hospital system, or shared with Google.
The partnership marks Google’s latest foray into the healthcare realm – and it is already raising privacy concerns.