Pixelated: The (Continuous) Great Harvest Of Your Medical Records (

The CDC states, “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.” That’s over. Your data is NOT protected nor is it private. Don’t sign another HIPAA agreement by any healthcare provider.


> Facebook’s Meta Pixel was found on 33 hospital websites, sending Facebook information linked to an IP address, which identifies individual computers and may be traceable back to an individual or household

> The pixel tracks what doctors are searched for and health-related search terms added to search boxes or selected from dropdown menus

> The Meta Pixel was found in patient portals from seven health systems; data being collected included names of medications being taken, descriptions of allergic reactions and upcoming doctors’ appointments

> More than 26 million patient admissions and outpatient visits have been shared by the 33 hospitals using Meta Pixels, and that’s likely conservative

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