Google and Ascension health system have allegedly been performing a mass data collection project involving tens of millions of U.S. health records across 21 states, The Wall Street Journal reports. The collection, titled "Project Nightingale," began last year and is believed to involve extensive patient profiles that include names, birthdates, lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records. A whistleblower told the Guardian the project involves 50 million patients who, along with their doctors, have not been informed of the collection. Google and Ascension struck a data-sharing agreement to streamline administrative tasks and help patient treatment. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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