Google’s Latest Privacy Invasion Partnership Gives It Access To 32 Million Patient Health Care Records

Google grabs more power

Google decided to partner with a national hospital chain in order to expand its technology power grab. They will create algorithms using the records from more than 32 million annual patient visits.

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With the new contract with HCA Healthcare Inc., Google will manage and store digital health records and hospital information. HCA Healthcare Inc. has thousands of locations in 21 states.

The new partnership allows engineers to “develop algorithms to help improve operating efficiency, monitor patients and guide doctors’ decisions.”

There’s more. Google will have access to private patient information even after it’s “stripped of identifying information,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act bans hospitals and health care companies from releasing patients’ private data without consent. Well, the data designated in Google’s new partnership may change this.

“The law allows hospitals and some other healthcare companies, such as health insurers, to share information with contractors, which must also abide by the law’s privacy protections,” the Journal reported.

Google and four other tech companies are under fire for using their dominance to control markets, control narratives, and force political agendas. Google is often targeted by antitrust lawsuits and congressional hearings. The company even received reprimands from the US Supreme Court. Google also has a track record of censoring and de-platforming Trump supporters and conservatives in general. They also lied about how their employees use data.

In March, leaked documents show that the Federal Trade Commission didn’t sue Google in 2013 for anticompetitive practices despite the fact that the Silicon Valley giant showed the willingness to amass big amounts of power in the tech sector.

In 2019, Google was criticized for another patient data deal. The tech giant decided to partner with the nonprofit health system Ascension in order to “collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of about 50 million Americans” without informing doctors or affected patients.

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Source: The Federalist

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