Hospitals are (still) letting Big Tech into your health records, and they’re not telling you squat.
We covered Google’s venture into health data a few weeks ago, but now the rest of the squad is getting in the fray.
- Patient data for sale! Hospitals recently granted Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft access to identifiable patient information for data-mining projects.
- Tight-lipped. Both the healthcare providers and tech firms offer very few details on how the data will be used. These deals are shockingly light on details.
How does it affect my wallet?
Hospitals are treasure troves of patient data, and they can share as long as they follow federal privacy laws, which are pretty slim when it comes to protecting consumers and patients.
- Dibs. Don’t like the idea of hospitals selling your data? Too bad. Under current laws, the data belongs to whoever has it.
Let’s talk about it. Data privacy is an important issue that deserves more attention in the US.
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