Facebook wanted hospitals, ACC to share patient data

Amid ongoing controversies involving misuse of information about its users, Facebook has shelved plans to share user data with several major U.S. hospitals. CNBC reported the social media giant had scientists approach organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, about the project.

“This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared or analyzed anyone’s data,” Facebook said in a statement to CNBC.

Facebook planned to anonymize the information, so no individuals would be personally identified. The data were intended for use by medical researchers. But in light of the scandal surrounding political research organization Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has faced scrutiny over possible misuse of user data.

According to CNBC, Freddy Abnousi, MD, MBA, MSc, a cardiologist in Stanford, California, led the project out of Facebook’s experiment projects group. The goal was to use patient data along with social media information to improve patient care, focusing primarily on cardiovascular health.

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