It’s not just Google: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM get hospital data, too (Mashable)

Mashable: It’s not just Google: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM get hospital data, too. “The public freaked out in November 2019 at the Wall Street Journal’s revelations that Google was taking in non-anonymous healthcare information from hospital network Ascension. Now, a new report from the Journal shows that the tech giant is far from alone: Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and IBM also have data-sharing agreements with hospitals. The scope of work spelled out in those agreements allows for some information to be shared that could identify patients, too.”

The Mighty: Unsecured Medical Images Are an Underrated Threat to Patients

The Mighty: Unsecured Medical Images Are an Underrated Threat to Patients. “You’re probably familiar with the heart-stopping jolt you get when a text or call from your bank flags suspicious charges. Identity fraud, credit card siphoning and stolen passwords to access your bank account always seem to be top of mind, but what about your medical records or images from your X-rays, MRIs or CT scans? The impact of compromised medical data is life-altering — worse than having your financial information stolen — and in some cases, even life-threatening. Here’s why it matters your X-rays and other exam images are floating around unprotected on the internet and what you can do to protect your data and health.”

BetaNews: Amazon is getting free access to NHS medical data

BetaNews: Amazon is getting free access to NHS medical data. “As fear mounts in the UK at the prospect of the NHS being sold in part or in whole to the US, the government has decided to give Amazon access to National Health Service data for free. The arrangement means that Amazon will be able to access ‘healthcare information, including … symptoms, causes, and definitions’. The tech giant will be able to use the data in conjunction with Alexa to enable users to get medical help and advice via the digital assistant.”

Reuters: Regulators begin probe into Google-Ascension cloud computing deal – WSJ

Reuters: Regulators begin probe into Google-Ascension cloud computing deal – WSJ. “A U.S. federal regulator has initiated an investigation into a cloud computing deal between Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Ascension Health which would give Google access to detailed health information of millions of patients, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.”

Ars Technica: Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

Ars Technica: Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans. “The endeavor, code-named ‘Project Nightingale,’ has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper’s sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates.”

TechCrunch: Google has used contract swaps to get bulk access terms to NHS patient data

TechCrunch: Google has used contract swaps to get bulk access terms to NHS patient data. “New Scientist has obtained a legal agreement between Google’s health division and the UK National Health Service (NHS) that includes provision to pass five years’ worth of patient data in bulk as part of a contract novation process.”

ProPublica: Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek.

ProPublica: Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek.. “Medical images and health data belonging to millions of Americans, including X-rays, MRIs and CT scans, are sitting unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise. The records cover more than 5 million patients in the U.S. and millions more around the world. In some cases, a snoop could use free software programs — or just a typical web browser — to view the images and private data, an investigation by ProPublica and the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk found.”