Thinking ‘Oat’ of the Box

September 9, 2019

Robert C. Miller, Jr. and our Marielle S. Gross, MD, MBE write about technology to resolve the ‘goldilocks data dilemma’

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When entities such as health plans and health care providers handle personal health information, they are often subject to data privacy regulation. But amid a flood of new forms of health data, some third parties have figured out ways to avoid some data privacy laws, developing what we call “shadow health records”

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Have you ever wondered why your computer often shows you ads that seem tailor-made for your interests? The answer is big data. By combing through extremely large datasets, analysts can reveal patterns in your behavior

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The Wellcome Trust recently commissioned Ipsos MORI to look into what people think about commercial organisations having access to health data from patient records. Here Natalie Banner, from the Wellcome Trust’s policy team, explains the key findings from the research, and what we have learned about creating a system that people can trust…

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ProPublica and Yelp recently agreed to a partnership that will allow information from ProPublica’s interactive health databases to begin appearing on Yelp’s health provider pages

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There should be a consent process for sharing patient information online, said Matthew DeCamp, MD, from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine in Baltimore. However, “the exact type of process — written, verbal, or otherwise — should depend on the use in question.”

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