With Data Anonymization Becoming A Myth, How Do We Protect Ourselves In This World Of Data?

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?

Coase Theorem in the World of Data Breaches

“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.[1]) We now live in a world … Continue reading Coase Theorem in the World of Data Breaches

Health Data to the People: The Historical Efforts of Personal Health Data Aggregation

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 [1]. 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

Under-the-Radar Health Information Markets: the Supply, the Demand, and the Exploited.

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.