Becker's Healthcare December 4, 2019
Mackenzie Garrity

Despite the fact that the partnership between Google and St. Louis-based Ascension to gather and share patient data may meet the guidelines of HIPAA, it doesn’t mean that healthcare leaders shouldn’t be cautious, according to a Harvard Business Review article by David Blumenthal, MD, president of the Commenwealth Fund.

Project Nightingale made headlines last month after the Wall Street Journal reported that patients were unaware their data was being collected by the tech giant. Google will reportedly gather data from 50 million Ascension patients to create software and other tools that will support clinicians.

The project sparked investigations from HHS, and congressional leaders are also asking for more information on the project. However, Blumenthal writes, because HIPAA is an old...