Privacy In The Digital Health Era
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Privacy In The Digital Health Era

Get a picture of the state of privacy today in healthcare, and about the vision digital health can bring to the future.

About the Book

Along with the enhanced healthcare landscape that digital health brings along like remote care, A.I. tools or 3D printing, there is the pressing issue of privacy. How secure is secure data? Is my health data on my smartphone/fitness device safe? Can Google, Amazon, or Facebook buy my health records from my hospital? Can I have an influence on who in the hospital can see and read my records? Today, everyone needs to understand that there is no digital health without sacrificing a part of our privacy. The advanced technologies fueling the transformation cannot improve without our data; and without it they can’t be implemented as part of regular medical care. And COVID-19 has only made things worse.

In the age of digital health, it’s not a question of whether we should do this but how we can do it in a way that protects what is valuable and vulnerable. 

Such a discussion is at the centerpiece of our new e-book “Privacy In The Digital Health Era: What You Need To Know.” In it, we describe the three cornerstones of privacy of every privacy discussion going forward: the traditional, the new and the future spheres that deal with your health data, and put forward recommendations on how you can start protecting yourself.

Privacy and security issues pertaining to the digital health era are complex and multifactorial. These aren’t likely to get any simpler as more and more advanced technologies get integrated into the field. As such, every stakeholder in the healthcare landscape must contemplate the need for change – yourself included.

About the Author

Dr. Bertalan Mesko
Dr. Bertalan Mesko

Dr. Bertalan Meskó, PhD is The Medical Futurist. A geek physician with a PhD in genomics and Amazon Top 100 author, he envisions the impact of digital health technologies on the future of healthcare, and helps patients, doctors, government regulators and companies make it a reality.

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About the Contributors

Pranavsingh Dhunnoo
Pranavsingh Dhunnoo

An ambitious doctor of medicine and journalist covering the digital health, gaming and tech industries. Strong concentration, determination and attention to details are defining features. Has an insatiable interest in science, technology and video games and is always eager to gather new knowledge.

Table of Contents

Welcome Message

Introduction - The need to upgrade privacy protection in the digital health era

The source of my health data / infographic

  0.1 The rise of advanced technologies and of the empowered patient

  0.2 Health data is the new oil

  0.3 Tech companies going after health and data

  0.4 Old policies tackling modern issues: the need for an upgrade

  0.5 Tech companies going after health and data

  0.6 The aim of this e-book

Section-1 - The Traditional: Healthcare institutions holding on to your data

  1.1 Easing data access and transfer of medical records

  1.2 Health insurance and data: personalised care or dystopia?

  1.3 Clinical trials, patient data and privacy

  1.4 Governments and policymakers must be ready for the influx of health data

Section-2 - The New: Medical data stored in the technologies you use

  2.1 Does your wearable spy on you?

  2.2 Fitness apps with unfit data protection

  2.3 Can you trust your data with genetic testing companies?

  2.4 Kids these days... need enhanced data privacy and security

  2.5 Is your tech watching (over) you?

Section-3 - The Future: Medical Data Stored Where You Aren’t Aware of

  3.1 Artificial intelligence and the data dilemma

  3.2 As healthcare goes cyber, its security must be reinforced

  3.3 Juggling between privacy and civic duty during COVID-19

  3.4 The Digital Afterlife

Section-4 - Securing the present and imagining the future

  4.1 The digital health privacy utopia

  4.2 The Conclusion

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