Hey guys, remember last week when Google bought Fitbit, and everyone (well, me) had a cow that Google would have access to your Fitbit dashboard and know your exercise schedule, heart beat, weight? Such simpler, happier times…
Google has signed a deal with Ascension, the second-largest hospital system in the US (Ascension operates in 150 hospitals in 21 states), and as the WSJ reports, has secretly collected the personal health information of millions of Americans!
“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.
“Project Nightingale” hoovers-up (is too a vurb!) your health data — including lab results, doctor diagnoses, and hospitalization records, along with identifiers like, oh, you know, YOUR NAME and BIRTHDAY — to design new software to suggest changes in individual patient care.
Neither patients nor doctors have been notified of the collection, but don’t worry: at least 150 Google
Masters of the Universe employees have access to much of the data, and they are definitely not giggling at your vital signs, and they will protect your sensitive data with all of the usual care that Silicon Valley shows us mere mortals.
Anyway, the next time you look something up online to settle a wager with a pal, imagine the ads you’ll see about that embarrassing thing you once asked your doctor about. You should totally get that looked at, by the way.