In November 2019, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Ascension, a large nonprofit Catholic health system with facilities in 23 states, had allied with Google to share data about millions of patients, under the code name “Project Nightingale.”1 The goal was to store patient information in Google’s cloud, then apply machine-learning technology to deliver recommendations or predictions to clinicians and administrators at Ascension. Presumably, Google also hoped to gain insights and build products that could ultimately be scaled and monetized.
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Wachter RM, Cassel CK. Sharing Health Care Data With Digital Giants: Overcoming Obstacles and Reaping Benefits While Protecting Patients. JAMA. 2020;323(6):507–508. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21215
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