Lawsuit Filed Against University Of Chicago Medicine, Google

Rachel Pierson
July 01, 2019 - 12:52 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A lawsuit is now underway against University of Chicago Medicine and Google. 

A Chicago law firm is now overseeing a class-action complaint filed Wednesday for the misuse of patients medical records. This follows a 2017 initiative where the University of Chicago Medical Center teamed up with Google.

The lawsuit alleges the hospital handed over personal data, including physicians notes and medical procedures.

In a written statement University of Chicago Medicine said it has complied with laws and regulations applicable to patient privacy. The full statement read: 

"The claims in this lawsuit are without merit. The University of Chicago Medical Center has complied with the laws and regulations applicable to patient privacy. The Medical Center is committed to providing excellent patient care and to protecting patient privacy.

"As a leading research institution, the Medical Center also pursues research partnerships to advance health care, improve patient outcomes and find cures for diseases. The Medical Center entered into a research partnership with Google as part of the Medical Center’s continuing efforts to improve the lives of its patients. That research partnership was appropriate and legal and the claims asserted in this case are baseless and a disservice to the Medical Center’s fundamental mission of improving the lives of its patients. The University and the Medical Center will vigorously defend this action in court."

Google also released a statement reading: “We believe our healthcare research could help save lives in the future, which is why we take privacy seriously and follow all relevant rules and regulations in our handling of health data. In particular, we take compliance with HIPAA seriously, including in the receipt and use of the limited data set provided by the University of Chicago.” 

The lawsuit is now seeking class-action status. You can view the complaint below: