Big data has become big business in healthcare.
The public freaked out in November 2019 at the Wall Street Journal’s revelations that Google was taking in non-anonymous healthcare information from hospital network Ascension. Now, a new report from the Journal shows that the tech giant is far from alone: Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and IBM also have data-sharing agreements with hospitals. The scope of work spelled out in those agreements allows for some information to be shared that could identify patients, too.
Startups, traditional health companies, and tech giants alike are pursuing data collection so that they can make tools that they say will help detect, predict, or prevent disease more efficiently than humans can. Read more…
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