Joseph Kvedar, vice president of connected health at Partners, argues in a recent post to his Blog that while many people remain fearful of the consequences of increased data sharing in healthcare–as evidenced by phone calls he received while discussing connected health on a radio program–the advantages boast even greater potential for consumers.
“What we unfortunately don’t talk about is what consumers have to gain by sharing their data,” Kvedar says. “For instance, the same information that can be used to create highly personalized programs to help people stay healthier and happier can also be a key factor in improving efficiencies and reducing healthcare costs. … Yes there is always some risk sharing personal data–whether online banking or communicating with your healthcare provider. But there are also rewards.”