Thursday, November 05, 2015

Data mining our medical records

There wasn't a shred of research or evidence that electronic medical records included in the Obamacare pre-package would improve health or reduce costs, but the benefits to IT companies and researchers had them salivating. I just noticed this on a recent story. Did we give anyone the right to use your records for research? Probably signed away our rights to privacy without reading the small print.

"Researchers from Houston Methodist and Stanford University used computer algorithms to scour some 16 million records from nearly 3 million patients to find which of them had taken medications for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and how many of them had heart attacks."

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