Larry Page Wishes To Make All Health Data Public For Researchers To Use

  • February 22, 2021/

Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, made an appearance at the TED conference and expounded few ideas that he thinks will change the world.  Suffering from a rare condition  that caused him lose his voice, Page thinks that using open and anonymous medical data could help save lives and prevent diseases.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing to have anonymous medical records available to all research doctors?” he asked. And there are some evidence showing that Page’s idea could be right. FDA researcher Richard Pratt noted that if the public had access to millions of public health records, they could easily spot the deadly side-effects of Vioxx and have prevented 27K and 55K deaths. [quote_right]”Wouldn’t it be amazing to have anonymous medical records available to all research doctors?”[/quote_right]

Statisticians need a large sample to spot trends that are different from random chance. The more data in the dataset, the more patterns can be identified and more lives can be saved.

Currently, the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA) imposes tight restrictions on the kinds of information that can be made public. “These are the consequences of HIPAA’s overcautious privacy rules,” said a post in Harvard Info blog entitled “Death by HIPAA.”


Page believes that data can be useful in our daily lives. Maybe in the near future, people could appreciate the benefits from transparent medical data and will eventually supersede privacy.

Larry Page Wishes To Make All Health Data Public For Researchers To Use

  • October 13, 2020/

Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, made an appearance at the TED conference and expounded few ideas that he thinks will change the world.  Suffering from a rare condition  that caused him lose his voice, Page thinks that using open and anonymous medical data could help save lives and prevent diseases.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing to have anonymous medical records available to all research doctors?” he asked. And there are some evidence showing that Page’s idea could be right. FDA researcher Richard Pratt noted that if the public had access to millions of public health records, they could easily spot the deadly side-effects of Vioxx and have prevented 27K and 55K deaths. [quote_right]”Wouldn’t it be amazing to have anonymous medical records available to all research doctors?”[/quote_right]

Statisticians need a large sample to spot trends that are different from random chance. The more data in the dataset, the more patterns can be identified and more lives can be saved.

Currently, the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA) imposes tight restrictions on the kinds of information that can be made public. “These are the consequences of HIPAA’s overcautious privacy rules,” said a post in Harvard Info blog entitled “Death by HIPAA.”

Page believes that data can be useful in our daily lives. Maybe in the near future, people could appreciate the benefits from transparent medical data and will eventually supersede privacy.