Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data

Posted by @audreylaine, Mon, Apr 9 9:20am
  • Facebook was in talks with top hospitals and other medical groups as recently as last month about a proposal to share data about the social networks of their most vulnerable patients.
  • The idea was to build profiles of people that included their medical conditions, information that health systems have, as well as social and economic factors gleaned from Facebook.
  • Facebook said the project is on hiatus so it can focus on “other important work, including doing a better job of protecting people’s data.”

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Wow. Can you imagine the backlash if your hospital were publicly named as one of the hospitals that did?

What an invasion of privacy

On our Fb Grp. many of our folks will snapshot their lab test, radiology, reports, and scans. I advise folks not to put their personal info on our FB Grp. and some get angry at me saying they do not care who knows their health history. How do we protect these individuals? They are usually young and not concerned about the future and how this information could harm them in anyway. I even had a woman tell me that her health info on our FB Grp was protected by HIPPA. How do we educate these folks? Linda Hageman, RN

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