Google Creates Giant SSN Database

Earlier this month, Google announced a pilot program with the Cleveland Clinic to store patients’ medical records online. Privacy and security concerns were raised, notably that Google doesn’t have to abide by confidentiality rules that govern doctor-patient relationships dictated by HIPAA.
However, Google’s plan to put patients in control of their own records and make those records transferable is a useful one, especially to anyone who has filled out four or five paper forms every year at three or four different doctors. As for the very real privacy concerns, medical records aren’t too secure, anyhow. And think about the synergies created by storing medical records online combined with the genetic data provided by Google-backed 23&Me.

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