Google Secretly Collecting Medical Data On Millions Of Americans

Google has secretly been collecting and analyzing the private health data of millions of Americans across 21 states on behalf of a health care provider, in an effort, they dubbed “Project Nightingale,” according to The Wall Street JournalNeither the provider’s doctors nor patients were made aware of the effort.


Tech giant Google is reportedly engaged in collecting the personal health information of tens of millions of Americans across 21 states — a project dubbed “Project Nightingale” — and has not notified patients or doctors about what they are doing.

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“Google began Project Nightingale in secret last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, a Catholic chain of 2,600 hospitals, doctors’ offices and other facilities, with the data sharing accelerating since summer,” according to internal documents obtained exclusively by The Wall Street Journal. “The data involved in the initiative encompasses lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.”

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“Neither patients nor doctors have been notified,” the Journal added. “At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and the documents.”

Google teamed up with Ascension, a Catholic chain of 2,600 hospitals spread out over 21 states and in the District of Columbia, and other doctors offices launch the project last year.

Forbes reports that the project “involves Ascension moving patient records onto Google’s cloud servers and includes a search product that allows Ascension healthcare providers to see an ‘overview page’ about their patients.  More

So, our healthcare information can be just randomly thrown up on a cloud somewhere and anybody can go through it as long as they work for Google. Wow, I feel so safe, not. Plus, nobody consulted the doctors or more importantly the patients. 

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