Unless Google can find a way to monetize patient data in a manner that doesn’t conflict with patient needs, it’s apparent that patients will not experience a net benefit from Google’s attempt to dominate the health information space. Google is not a philanthropic organization; it is a corporation whose over-riding concern is its share price. Hence monetization of data is its central thesis regardless of what type the information happens to be. People ought to keep this in mind, but most likely will fail to do so, just as they’ve failed to consider the implications of putting Orwell Boxes into their homes.

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