12 Oct Facebook Exec Wants to Give Doctors More Personal Patient Data
Facebook’s head of health research, Dr Freddy Abnousi, said last Wednesday that doctors should be able to get more personal data from users, like insights into their social life, so they can better predict and treat their illnesses.
While Abnousi called for large-scale access to more granular data on patients’ social and behavioral characteristics, which according to him far outweighs genetics, exposure to risks, and access to quality health care, he did not say that Facebook or Instagram should be used for such purposes.
Abnousi also worked on a research project which sought anonymous patient data from hospitals. However, this was eventually shut down by Facebook due to the uproar caused by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.