Google And The University Of Chicago Are Being Sued Over Potential Privacy Violation of Patients’ Medical Data

The Daily Caller | 6/27/2019 | Staff
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Google and The University of Chicago are being sued by a former patient of UChicago Medicine who filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois. The lawsuit claims patients’ privacy rights were violated when UChicago Medicine shared hundreds of thousands of patients’ records with Google.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Matt Dinerstein, claims the University didn’t get permission from their patients to share their information with Google and were their identities were not properly hidden when the records were handed over. It says the records included the time and date patients were in and out of the hospital as well as doctor’s notes.

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“Google managed to fly under the radar as it pulled off what is likely the greatest heist of consumer medical records in history,” the lawsuit says.

The collaboration between Google and The University of Chicago started back in 2017 when the University of Chicago agreed to share medical records from 2009-2016 with Google in exchange for them working to improve AI technology and predictive analysis methods in medicine, the New York Times reported.

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The release of patients’ medical records was “even more egregious” because when patients enter the Medical Center they sign admission forms in which the University agrees it will not share their records with third parties like Google, according to the lawsuit.

“The claims in this lawsuit are without merit,” a spokeswoman for the University of Chicago Medical Center, said in a statement to The Daily Caller. “The University of Chicago Medical Center has complied with the laws and regulations applicable to patient privacy.”

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The Medical Center works to improve their patients’ lives and “pursue research partnership to advance health care.” The partnership they entered in with Google “was appropriate and legal and the claims asserted in this case are baseless and a disservice” to the Center’s goal...
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