Google is so nice they’ll now let you store all your medical records in one place. And chances are, they’ll use them. After all, “Google collects personal information when you register for a Google service or otherwise voluntarily provide such information. We may combine personal information collected from you with information from other Google services or third parties to provide a better user experience, including customizing content for you .”
They’re careful to point out that they only provide non-identifying information to third parties, unless it’s in response to a subpoena or some other legal action. But do you really want Google to know your medical history and combine it with the millions of other things they know about you? Really? And just when did advertising becme “a better user experience”?
HIPAA protects records that are collected by health providers, but once you provide your records to a third party, it’s anybody’s guess whether they’re in any way protected.