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Health big data privacy v. innovation: Expert observations

As healthcare organizations continue to sift through and attempt to maximize the potential of the massive collections of health data at their disposal, the privacy of that data is a polarizing topic of discussion. Big data privacy questions stem from the innovation versus security debate that has long been in place in the healthcare industry. Understanding how doctors, hospitals, insurers collect, use and disclose health data both on an everyday basis and the potential business opportunities for monetizing health data is among the first steps to making the large data sets usable and secure, according to Deven McGraw, Director, Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). McGraw told that in working toward the goal of delivering better care at a reasonable cost, understanding how sensitive data is handled is an important piece of the puzzle.

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