Tech Companies and Healthcare: Is Privacy at Stake?

Imagine the following scenario:

You are experiencing a cough, fever and chills and need to see a doctor. You lack transportation and no one is available to give you a ride. Accordingly, you walk into your kitchen and call out, “Alexa, where is the nearest doctor’s office?”

Alexa responds, “Rockingham Medical Care in Hampstead, New Hampshire.”

You then say, “Book me the soonest available appointment.” Alexa responds,

“OK, I booked you an appointment with Dr. John Thomas at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Do you need a ride?”

You reply, “Yes.”

Alexa responds “OK, an Uber driver will pick you up at 2 p.m.”

A few years ago, this scenario would have been fantasy. Today, this scenario verges on reality.

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