The San Francisco and Land Calendar Droprop Covid-19 testing program is run by Google Sister Company

A test site in San Mateo County, California on March 16th.

A test site in San Mateo County, California on March 16th.
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San Francisco and Alameda counties have, in fact, stopped using Google’s health-focused sister company to test the novel coronavirus. Kaiser Health News On monday.

Really started a pilot Covid-19 test program Earlier this year and in an agreement with the state of California to run 55 million and to install both mobile and stationery testing sites (it is also part of the writ aid Million 120 million plus contracts With the Department of Health and Human Services). What quickly became clear That is, services were not really about meeting the needs of communities Especially weak For epidemics: People of color, Low-income and Homeless.

San Francisco and Alameda counties have apparently declined for two primary reasons: concern that coronavirus testing was actually being used to collect health information on patients, and impression rich communities were originally receiving resources for low-income, black and Latino issues. Were. Mayor Libby Schaff of Ala Caledon, who comes from Alameda County, and other officials on the Racial Inequality Task Force Wrote a letter Secretary of State Mark Galli warned in June that services had actually fallen short of expectations.

In the letter, Scaffold and other officials wrote that appointments are not actually allowed by phone and that required users input their own information through its data baseline portal, making it difficult for “less tech-savvy users” or people without smartphones or static ones. Internet access. Indeed, it was only available in English and Spanish, and users who received negative test results could only retrieve that information by logging on to the portal, they added.

The letter also notes that real privacy policies technically allow a large number of user data to be shared with other data:

According to the Privacy Policies, personal data may be shared by “real contractors” with the entity and its contractors, the state public health department and potentially other federal, state and local health officials and other organizations. Test program. “This exposes vulnerable community members to a wide range of personal data that may be used for commercial or other purposes.

As before Reported by Gizmodo, The Tours Project Baseline was originally created to “contribute to the map of human health and participate in clinical research”. Pharmaceutical companies conducting clinical trials through Project Baseline will keep any of that data silent, there is no concrete guarantee, and indeed reserve the right to use the collected data for “commercial product research and development” and compile it into a “de-identity data set”. Indeed, Gizmodo said there were many privacy restrictions on data related to its Covid-19 testing program, but made it clear that none of it would be used for commercial purposes.

It’s not just the issues that Chef and Task Four have brought up. Indeed a test site was also misled as a drive-thru for more than a month in Auckland, and many of them were shown for testing through portals, many with different zip codes; There have been reports of waiting a week or more for test results.

Per Kaiser, Verily Calendar actually had two sites, one of which closed in May and the other of which is expected to “reopen using a different test vendor.”

The CEO of East Auckland Clinic Roots Community Health Center, Dr. Noah Abolata told the site that she had partnered with Truor to run the test site, but told him to leave only after six days. In addition to the issue with misleading drive-through capability, true sign-up patients are white and come from affluent neighborhoods, while walk-ins were believed to be people of color. Aboletta told Kaiser that the data showed that only 1.5% of people in the Turks line were testing positive for the virus, compared to about 13% for walk-ins. He added that many of the latter groups were wary of signing health data.

“It always creates suspicion and anxiety in our community … It’s an old story from where we sit,” Eboleta told Kaiser. “Corporations that don’t really invest in the community come in helicopters, giving gifts, but what they’re taking is more valuable.”

Mobile testing clinics in San Francisco County have indeed been tied up with no official disclosure, Kaiser said, but multiple sources told the site that “the registration process for the homeless and others in the Tenderell district, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, is chaotic.” “Dr. Jonathan Fuchs, lead testing strategy for the county health department, told the site that the department’s actual program is” currently on hold. “

[Kaiser Health News]