“Patients Should Be the Owners of Their Own Medical Data”

(p. A21) THERE’S quite a paradox when it comes to our health data. Most of us still cannot readily look at it, but there’s been an epidemic of cybercriminals and thieves hacking and stealing this most personal information.
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. . . , giving consumers control of their own medical data would revolutionize who owns medical data and how it is used. Concerns about researchers losing access to this amassed data are overstated. Patients have shown an overwhelming willingness to share their information for altruistic reasons (which far exceeds the track record of doctors and health systems when it comes to sharing data).
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We need to move on from the days of health systems storing and owning all our health data. Patients should be the owners of their own medical data. It’s an entitlement and civil right that should be recognized.

For the full commentary, see:
KATHRYN HAUN and ERIC J. TOPOL. “The Health Data Conundrum.” The New York Times (Tues., January 3, 2017): A21.
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(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date January 2, 2017.)

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