Who Owns Your Health Data?


Consumer health data isn’t protected like patients’ data in clinical settings. This enables companies to deny people access to their own data and leave it unsecured at users’ expense:

If you take your blood pressure at the doctor’s office, the results are protected by HIPAA rules. Take your blood pressure with a personal health monitor, however, and that information will be sent back to the device’s manufacturer. The data collected by consumer health devices will most likely become the company’s property, making the information less accessible to the people who have generated it.


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