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Despite Safeguards, U. Chicago-Google Research Sparks Lawsuit

More than four years ago, a patient was twice hospitalized at the University of Chicago Medical Center, his care tracked and documented, as usual, in UC’s electronic medical records (EHR) system. But, years later, and without his knowledge or consent, Matt Dinerstein claims those stays made him an unwitting participant in a research project involving UC and Google that has resulted in at least one published paper.

And now, one lawsuit as well.

Dinerstein’s suit, filed June 26 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District, seeks to be certified as class action litigation. Dinerstein was admitted to UC medical center for a total of six days in June 2015. UC and Google began a research collaboration in May 2017.

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