Healthcare Pizza January 6, 2020
Andy Mychkovsky

When the Wall Street Journal reported in November that one of the largest health systems in the country, Ascension, was partnering with tech-giant Google to mine patient data, the concerns around patient privacy reached their tipping point. Allegedly named, “Project Nightingale”, the partnership allows Google to aggregate millions of patients health data via medical records (including lab results, medications, and diagnoses) and apply artificial intelligence tools to recommend changes to patient care. This is in addition to Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, which many speculate will be a treasure chest of longitudinal heart and fitness data to unlock, even causing some Fitbit owners to throw away their beloved devices in the name of privacy. For many years now, technologists have claimed the key to unlocking...