Dr. Google patients need protection--from Dr. Google
Michael Millenson takes a look at Google's foray into health care in a Stat opinion piece today. The company has various AI and other health-related ventures underway, including, somewhat oddly for a tech company, a clinic in Brooklyn called Cityblock.
Amazon and its hiring of Atul Gawande has soaked up most of the attention, but Millenson's piece is a useful reminder that other Big Tech giants are intertwining themselves into our health care. Just think about all the data Google has at its disposal from those billions upon billions of of health-related searches!
Millenson makes a pitch for consent, transparency, and standards of accountability. Hmm. After all the recent revelations about Facebook, you have to wonder if that's wishful thinking.