This is a very interesting idea, but very controversial.
The information contained in our medical records is certainly an untapped resource for companies, such as Google, wanting to develop new medical tools which could be of huge benefit to us all.
Even so, I'm sure there will be plenty of people who are concerned to know whether their records are being handed over, even if they are encrypted.
Google has been given access to an estimated 1.6 million NHS patient records, it has been revealed. The data-sharing agreement, revealed by New Scientist, includes full names as well as patient histories. Google says it will use the data to develop an early warning system for patients at risk of developing acute kidney injuries.