Facebook halts medical data sharing plan

Fb has halted plans to gather affected person knowledge from hospitals and match it up with its customers’ info.

The social community confirmed the concept had been mentioned however had been “paused” whereas the corporate handled its privateness disaster.

Fb has confronted scrutiny after the information of thousands and thousands of individuals was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The corporate stated it had not but obtained any well being information.

The hospital knowledge sharing proposal was discovered by CNBC reporter Christina Farr.

Two individuals accustomed to the plan instructed her, on situation of anonymity, that Fb had approached hospitals and well being organisations akin to Stanford Medical Faculty and the American Faculty of Cardiology.

The plan was to take well being information – akin to a affected person’s age, prescription and variety of hospital visits – and hyperlink it to their Fb knowledge.

The analysis challenge would then decide whether or not the mixed knowledge may enhance affected person care.

For instance, the Fb knowledge may reveal affected person didn’t have many mates or didn’t obtain many messages, so may want a nurse to go to them at house.

It may also reveal affected person didn’t converse English as their first language, which might assist the hospital plan the individual’s care.

In a press release supplied to CNBC, Cathleen Gates, from the American Faculty of Cardiology, stated it had been “engaged in discussions with Fb” regarding using anonymised knowledge to additional scientific analysis.

Fb stated the work had “not progressed previous the planning part” and stated it had “not obtained, shared or analysed anybody’s knowledge”.

“Final month, we determined that we should always pause these discussions so we will deal with different necessary work, together with doing a greater job of defending individuals’s knowledge,” the corporate stated.

Revealed at Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:56:52 +0000