POLL: Google may soon know Your Health Future


You can search for anything on Google -- including when you're going to get sick. 'Google Brain' is going to use the data it's mined to predict your health.

Kelsey-Seybold Dr. Patrick Carter says Google Brain's algorithm sounds like a good idea.

"I think used in the right way it probably will be a good thing and enable us to find patients who need extra help."

As for privacy concerns Dr. Carter says -- for the most part -- that ship has sailed.

"You know, 'you had this sort of admission five years ago; all these pre-existing conditions' -- that data is kind of out there already."

Google says this is just one of many machine learning projects it has underway; but, you know, don't worry about it.

"There are multiple things that have to happen before a patient will actually get better but this, if you can identify folks who are starting to get worse and if you can intervene early, sounds like a good idea to me."

Dr. Carter says there will be privacy concerns, but he says much of your health information is already available on the internet and that's just the way it is.


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