Google Wants to Mine Healthcare Data, Claims It Could Save 100,000 Lives in 2015

Paul Lilly

Data mining fears are costing lives, Google's Larry Page says

Google faces an uphill battle if mining healthcare data is on its agenda. There's already a perception out there that Google knows too much, and when you delve into the highly personal sector of healthcare, it's hard to imagine there being much public support. However, Google's Larry Page says that his company could save as many as 100,000 lives next year by mining healthcare data . If true, might that change your mind?

"For me, I’m so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite," Page told The New York Times . "We get so worried about these things that we don’t get the benefits."

Page laments that regulations make collecting and analyzing healthcare data such a difficult process, even when the data is analyzed anonymously.

"Right now we don't data mine healthcare data. If we did we'd probably save 100,000 lives next year," Page added.

Page's comments came after Google's opening keynote for its I/O developers conference. The Mountain View firm announced a series of products, services, and initiatives, most of which revolved around Android. Google also used the opportunity to introduce Google Fit, a fitness and health tracking platform that will implement sensors on wearable devices.

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