Recently, many people were surprised by a Wall Street Journal report announcing tech giant Google was working with Ascension, the nation’s second-largest healthcare system. While some patients were flabbergasted by the possibility that their personal medical data could be transferred to a third-party, others wondered the legality of the practice as a whole.
As a medical provider, it is important to fully comprehend why this partnership could change how we handle medical data and what it means to your patients individually. After all, many might ask you questions about how you’re handling their private information at your clinic, and you want to be prepared for these types of inquiries. Here are a few things you need to know about Google’s partnership with Ascension and how it affects medical privacy laws.