Google on Tuesday defended a project aimed at modernizing healthcare while giving it access to medical data of millions of people.
Reports that Google was amassing medical data prompted a blog post by the Internet giant revealing a project code-named “Nightingale,” evidently in tribute to Florence Nightingale whose nursing work during the Crimean War in the 1850s is credited with turning such work into a profession.
The news also caused the US Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services to launch an inquiry to make sure Google was obeying laws regarding keeping people’s medical information private, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Google has made no secret of its collaboration with health care providers on computing tools to improve patient care.
In the post Tuesday, Google released information about a collaboration with US health systems non-profit Ascension that includes moving data and analytics to a private, secure cloud hosted by the internet firm.
Ascension could also use Google computing tools to allow employees to communicate and collaborate securely in real time from different sites, according to the post by Google cloud industry products and solutions president Tariq Shaukat.