With humanity moving into the world of big data, it has become increasingly challenging, if not impossible, for individuals to “stay anonymous”. Every day we generate large amounts of data, all of which represent many aspects of our lives. We are constantly told that our data is magically safe for releasing as long as it … Continue reading With Data Anonymization Becoming A Myth, How Do We Protect Ourselves In This World Of Data?
“This is a really serious security issue, and we’re taking it really seriously,…..I’m glad we found this, but it definitely is an issue that this happened in the first place.” --- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg (after the company’s security breach that exposed the personal information of 30 million users.) We now live in a world … Continue reading Coase Theorem in the World of Data Breaches
Throughout the history of healthcare, the focus of health information aggregation has gradually become more patient-centric. Some suggested that it is due to the growing digitalization of health information, and the needs for innovative health management tool under the interconnected and complicated medical information system . Personal Health Record (PHR), unlike Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and … Continue reading Health Data to the People: The Historical Efforts of Personal Health Data Aggregation
Nowadays, it is not a secret that healthcare providers - such as hospitals - can store and utilize individuals' health information. Hospitals keep records of individuals so that the diagnosis can be based on more information, and some countries even have a health information exchange system among different hospitals for the same purpose. Yet, there … Continue reading Under-the-Radar Health Information Markets: the Supply, the Demand, and the Exploited.
Health records, including medical records as well as medical imaging, contain the first-hand observation and diagnosis of one's health given by the care provider(s), and are one of the most important health information that an individual owns. According to Bloomberg (2018), Taiwan ranks No. 9 of the world's most efficient health care. Therefore, when I … Continue reading Where exactly are my health records? A look into the Taiwanese healthcare system and patients’ rights.