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.Tweet