Amazon, Big Data Mining, and More Lies

This is from a recent Wall St. Journal article:

Amazon.com Inc. is starting to sell software that mines patient medical records for information doctors and hospitals could use to improve treatment and cut costs. The move is the latest by a big technology company into health care, an industry where it sees opportunities for growth.

The market for storing and analyzing health information is worth more than $7 billion a year, according to research firm Grand View Research, a business in which International Business Machines Corp.’s Watson Health and UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Optum already compete.

No one should worry because:

Amazon Web Services won’t see the data processed by its algorithms, which will be encrypted and unlocked by customers who have the key, Dr. Kass-Hout said. Its service is designed to conform with privacy rules laid out in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, he said.

Which customers will see it?  The companies paying $7 billion a year.  That’s a relief.  But remember, this is all for our patients’ benefit, right?  I have been hearing this for years from insurers but have seen very little breakthroughs in improving treatment or cutting costs.  Could it be that the data is being used for other reasons?  You betcha.  Why else would insurance companies NOT send all their patients to DPC docs who don’t bill them?  Because they want to control the patient and sell that data, too.

It’s all a scam.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Amazon, Big Data Mining, and More Lies

  1. PW
    December 4, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Big Brother is here.

  2. RSW
    December 4, 2018 at 7:47 am

    And the best part is that docs are doing the soul-destroying work of inputting the data for free.

    • Paul Gargiulo
      December 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Unfortunately the vast majority of doctors SOAPS is redundant templated gibberish, that will do little to train algorithms. I have dabbled in the machine learning and the medical data analytics, I am not sure this approach will yield much of medically viable data. To be quite honest, I believe Facebook has a more detailed psychological/social profile than the most dedicated physician, and I am quite sure they are not HIPAA compliant.

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