Big data privacy concerns linger despite potential for healthcare

Some experts have tempered their expectations of its effectiveness in healthcare and beyond, citing privacy concerns.

While big data increasingly is being used as a tool to directly bolster patient care and could help to cut as much as $450 billion in costs from the U.S. healthcare system, some experts have tempered their expectations of its effectiveness in healthcare and beyond, citing privacy concerns.

For instance, earlier this month at the Institute for Health Technology Transformation Health IT Summit in Boston, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative President and CEO Micky Tripathi talked about the challenges associated with sifting through “massive volumes of patient data,” according to HealthITSecurity.

Tripathi specifically discussed the use of data stored in the state’s All-Payer Claims Database, saying that consent issues have been ongoing.

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Source: FierceHealthIT