Google Recieves Criticism for Taking Over Health App

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Google recently bought DeepMind, an artificial intelligence firm that developed the healthcare app Streams. According to the company's blog, they want to turn the app into an "AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors everywhere - combining the best algorithms with intuitive design, all backed up by rigorous evidence" with Google's help. But privacy experts point out that DeepMind promised that "Royal Free data 'will never be linked or associated with Google accounts, products, or services,'" and are claiming the company just broke that promise.

DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to *never* connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google. Now it's announced...exactly that. This isn't transparency, it's trust demolition
 
90% of doctors these days are not much better than 15 minute oil change shops. If you show up with anything they can't simply google or go down a checklist then prepare to get the run around with wasteful tests and desperate prescriptions. So not sure a computer could do any worse, but the fact that Google, the actual most evil company in the world, is terrifying. Sure they will catalog, index and sell our DNA soon.
 
I wouldn't say Google is the most evil company in the world, but they're certainly one of the most. Otherwise, I agree with you.

Most of my doctor's visits go as follows.

Nurse: "The doctor will see you."
Doctor: "What seems to be the problem?"
Me: "Well, I, uh, have..."
Doctor: "Alright, here's a prescription for XYZ."

In and out within 3 minutes of seeing the doctor, and I've never even told him the problem. And I wonder why it always takes 45+ minutes to even see him after the appointment time.

But while I agree that AI can't be any worse, yeah, I trust Google absolutely zero percent not to abuse this.
 
I wouldn't say Google is the most evil company in the world, but they're certainly one of the most. Otherwise, I agree with you.

Most of my doctor's visits go as follows.

Nurse: "The doctor will see you."
Doctor: "What seems to be the problem?"
Me: "Well, I, uh, have..."
Doctor: "Alright, here's a prescription for XYZ."

In and out within 3 minutes of seeing the doctor, and I've never even told him the problem. And I wonder why it always takes 45+ minutes to even see him after the appointment time.

And don't forget you or your insurance company gets billed $60 per minute for that privilege. $150+ to get shoved in and out.

I'm lucky in that I have a doctor in the family and unless it's serious I don't have to pay the absurd cost.

I wish we could get back to cheap visits and doctors making house calls instead of herding all the 'sick/infecfed' into a single room and waiting for hours.
 
But think of all the targeted ad dollars when you tap into BigPharma's massive marketing bankroll!

/Google Executive on why being evil is the play here.
 
Privacy agreements are some of the first to find the round file when a company changes hands or shuts down. The personalized data is just too valuable.

[. . . combining the best algorithms with intuitive design, all backed up by rigorous evidence" with Google's help] will provide the best in targeted advertising to patients. If you thought you got a lot of blue pill or horomone spam before, just wait.
 
90% of doctors these days are not much better than 15 minute oil change shops. If you show up with anything they can't simply google or go down a checklist then prepare to get the run around with wasteful tests and desperate prescriptions. So not sure a computer could do any worse, but the fact that Google, the actual most evil company in the world, is terrifying. Sure they will catalog, index and sell our DNA soon.

I would love to see some data that comes even remotely close to validating that number.
 
And don't forget you or your insurance company gets billed $60 per minute for that privilege. $150+ to get shoved in and out.

I'm lucky in that I have a doctor in the family and unless it's serious I don't have to pay the absurd cost.

I wish we could get back to cheap visits and doctors making house calls instead of herding all the 'sick/infecfed' into a single room and waiting for hours.

Well HMO takeover of the health care industry has helped turn it into an overloaded patient mill. Then theres the absurd cost and time associated with obtaining an MD thus the prevalence of NPs these days to fill the gap in primary care. I quit shortly after getting my M.D and went back into the family business. More stability, less stress and a better life. Most of my friends who went to med school with me had no such options and are miserable today.
 
If your doctor is so horrible, why don't you find a different one. I had been going to see one for 20 years. A few years ago I felt like he was running me through an assembly line so I switched. New doctor actually takes the time to listen to me and addresses my concerns
 
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