Good thing Google is unhackable

In Google We Trust: Health docs depo now open to Americans | The Register

Naturally, Google insists that your records will not be shared with anyone you don’t want them shared with. “Google Health cares about privacy and puts it into the control of each user,” said Roni Zeiger, the Stanford-educated doctor who serves as Google Health product manager. “The user decides who should have access to the records and can revoke access at anytime. We will not sell any end user’s data, and we will not share it with anyone unless [the user] specifically asks.”

It should be noted, however, that you must share all or nothing. You can’t share mere portions of your records – though Ziegler said that Google will explore “a more granular approach” in the future.

It’s also worth noting that once you import your records to Google Health, they are not protected by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In other words, the laws that guard your records while they’re still in the hands of doctors do not apply once you give them to Larry and Sergey. As John Halamka, chief information officer of the Harvard Medical School, told us “The bottom line is: You have to put your trust in Google.”

Lucky for me, I have no idea who (except my insurance company, I’m sure) might have most of my medical records. My last doctor retired, the new one keeps records on paper, the one before that saw me a few times 15 years ago and is probably retiring soon….

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