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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trusting big health data

Angela Villanueva
Baylor College of Medicine Blogs
Originally posted November 10, 2017

Here is an excerpt:

Potentially exacerbating this mistrust is a sense of loss of privacy and absence of control over information describing us and our habits. Given the extent of current “everyday” data collection and sharing for marketing and other purposes, this lack of trust is not unreasonable.

Health information sharing makes many people uneasy, particularly because of the potential harms such as insurance discrimination or stigmatization. Data breaches like the recent Equifax hack may add to these concerns and affect people’s willingness to share their health data.

But it is critical to encourage members of all groups to participate in big data initiatives focused on health in order for all to benefit from the resulting discoveries. My colleagues and I recently published an article detailing eight guiding principles for successful data sharing; building trust is one of them.

Here is the article.