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┬áthe 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.

Where exactly are my health records? A look into the Taiwanese healthcare system and patients’ rights.

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.