The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services has launched a probe into Google “Project Nightingale,” which covertly collects detailed personal health information on millions of U.S. patients.
The federal regulator “will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals’ medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented,” office director Roger Severino told the Wall Street Journal.
? The WSJ broke the news yesterday that Google has partnered with Ascension, the second-largest health care system in the U.S., to collect and catalog the medical records of tens of millions of American citizens. Neither patients nor doctors were notified of the data collection.