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Data privacy, data privacy and security, Health Data Consortium, Health Datapalooza
At the end of 2014, two reports that revealed conflicting consumer opinions about sharing health data and data security were released. Forbes, with data compiled by PwC’s Health Research Institute, reported that 70% of consumers were concerned about health data stored or accessed on their phones, and as many as 78% were concerned about the general state of medical data security.
In contrast, an NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll showed the opposite, with only 10% of respondents reporting that they worried about their employers having access to their health data, with 11% concerned with their doctors being able to view their records. Additionally, 14% were uneasy with hospitals having access to their data and 16% felt the same way about insurers.
Two major polls returning starkly contrasted findings within such a short time span is jarring, to say the least. The difference in results may simply be attributed to the two polls asking different questions but framing the conclusions in the same context. However, it’s just as likely that the reports highlight the ambivalent nature of consumers’ beliefs about health data privacy and sharing their health data for the greater good of public health.
In addition, as part of Health Datapalooza’s workshops, attendees will be able to participate in a “Privacy and Security Bootcamp” which will offer participants an opportunity to learn more about navigating the waters of federal privacy and security laws. This year’s Health Datapalooza will provide a forum for high-level, cross-sector conversations between patients, providers, innovators, entrepreneurs, government representatives, academics and healthcare technologists.
To be part of a conversation about shaping the future of secure, patient-centered health data access and sharing, join us at Health Datapalooza from May 31-June 3 in Washington, D.C.
About the author:
Chris Boone is Executive Director of Health Data Consortium. He is a recognized expert in health systems, health informatics, health IT policy, and the use of electronic clinical data to generate clinical and scientific evidence for public policy, quality improvement, and patient-centered outcomes research efforts.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, a master’s degree in healthcare administration, and a doctorate in public affairs and health policy. Chris is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.