Google Ascension Partnership Fuels Overdue HIPAA Privacy Debate

December 2, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

The Wall Street Journal reported in November that one of the largest US health systems, Ascension, had partnered with Google on several patient care initiatives, which inadvertently fueled a debate on just what the HIPAA privacy regulation means in the digital age.

The WSJ report alleged the “Project Nightingale” would allow Google to amass the health records of Ascension patients from across 21 states without consent from the individuals. Other reports have stressed the partnership is in direct violation of HIPAA.

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