Mobile apps and tools must be about the patient for engagement in order to last, Deidre Keeves, director if IT adoption and engagement at UCLA Health, said during the recent Connected Health Conference in Maryland.
When it comes to healthcare data security, data sharing and protecting user privacy, there is no doubt that all are top concerns that demand attention and a solution.
But one thing there isn't universal agreement on is how much of the responsibility for data security and access should fall on vendors, third-party data services and us as individuals.
To that end, it was interesting to read recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. A Wall Street Journal blog post quotes Cerf, speaking at a cybersecurity lecture at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering last week, as saying that individuals should be in charge. "They should have the ability to say no, I don't want this device because I don't want to be forced into providing that information," he said.
He then said that the "fine print" on user device agreements needs to be more clear. Read more...
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