Epic backing off Google, urging hospital customers to oppose HHS data-sharing rules

Epic backing off Google, urging hospital customers to oppose HHS data-sharing rules

by Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | January 28, 2020
Business Affairs Health IT

Deals mentioned included the 2019 partnership known as “Project Nightingale” with Ascension. That arrangement would have transferred 50 million U.S. patient health records to Google.

The search giant has cut deals with other healthcare providers beyond Ascension, including smaller organizations like the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, although that data was encrypted by the healthcare provider.

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Google's healthcare data efforts raised alarms back in 2017 as well, when 1.6 million records of patients at the Royal Free hospital in London were obtained by its DeepMind Health efforts in a way that was determined to be on an “inappropriate legal basis” by a U.K. watchdog group.

The article also referenced an interview with head of Google Health, Dr. David Feinberg, which it called his “first extensive interview since joining the search giant last January.”

“I came here to make people healthy, I’m not here to sell them ads,” Feinberg told the paper. “Google is so good at being helpful. We want to be helpful with knowledge, success, health and happiness.”

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