How do you define “health data”? To borrow a phrase from Daniel Solove, it is a concept in disarray and in need of a taxonomy. Here are the items that fall naturally into the health data basket: electronic health record data current or past health and disability status, including mental and physical well-being medication lists […]
One of my core beliefs is that we need to open up access to the data, information, and tools people need to solve their own problems in health care — or at least give people the chance to direct their data to experts who can help them. I recently had the chance to be part […]
Facebook has sparked a new debate about privacy and I think it’s time to bring it to health care.
“The internet was created to connect people and groups. The first step is to share stories. The next step is to share quantitative observations.” “Health care has been locked up in regulatory amber. HIPAA was passed in 1996, almost perfectly timed to cut off health care from the internet. But there is a loophole: to […]
That’s a direct quote from Paul Tang, of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, at last week’s meeting of the Health IT Policy committee, of which he is vice chair. Dr. Tang was riffing on an e-Patient Dave quote, which I read during my testimony: I want innovation at a rate that resembles the rate of […]
If you hate HIPAA, it’s your lucky day. Paul Ohm is handing you ammunition in his article, “Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization.” His argument: our current information privacy structure is a house built on sand. “Computer scientists…have demonstrated they can often ‘reidentify’ or ‘deanonymize’ individuals hidden in anonymized data […]