Minimizing the Risks of Digital Health Data While Reaping the Rewards

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<p>“One way to think about the troves of digital health data now accumulating,” says Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., “is as a new natural resource.” And, as with any resource that “must be extracted, transported, and refined,” there are costs and risks involved.</p><p>In an opinion piece for <em>Annals of Internal Medicine</em>, Blumenthal says that the new products and clinical capabilities made possible through the mining of aggregated electronic health record data hold great potential to “make clinicians smarter and people healthier.” But these opportunities bring with them a host of concerns over privacy, security, safety, and compensation. Blumenthal argues that leaders in medicine, industry, and government will need to address these issues to ensure fair treatment for all who contribute to this vast new resource. </p> Read more