On who these hidden parties are, and why they’re interested
Most of the times it’s advertisers — so these are your marquee names, your Googles and Facebooks.
But I also found kind of further down there a fair amount of tracking going on by data brokers. So these are companies like Experian and Acxiom. And their core business model is not advertising per se, but selling information about you to whoever wants to buy it.
As the cost of genetic sequencing plummets, experts believe our genomes will help doctors detect diseases and save lives. But not all of us are comfortable releasing our biological blueprints into the world. Now, cryptologists are perfecting a new privacy tool that turns genetic information into a secure yet functional format. Called homomorphic encryption and presented here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science, the method could help keep genomes private even as genetic testing shifts to cheap online cloud services.
John Wilbanks, a privacy expert at Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, Washington, says that while cutting-edge techniques like homomorphic encryption will improve privacy, keeping genetic information completely secure is impossible.
Doctors aren’t sure which of the roughly 40,000 available apps do what they claim to do.
The FDA is working on regulations for the mobile medical apps that can turn a mobile platform into a medical device.
It does not plan to regulate diet or exercise apps.
A few private companies are stepping in to do that task.
Ben Chodor started Happtique, a company that reviews apps and gives those that at least perform correctly a seal of approval.
“It’s the Wild West and someone needs to come in and at least help the consumers and the clinicians and the payers sort through the forty thousand-plus apps that are already out there,” says Chodor.
And many unresolved questions swirl around the data collected by medical apps
Making Babies? Yep, There’s An App For That
October 11, 2013 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=232238899
Dozens of fertility self-tracking apps have popped up on the market in the last few years.
These apps assume a woman is ovulating regularly. But if you’re having periods every two to three months, you may not be ovulating at all.
Medicare Blue Button, a computer program that allows patients to download their medical history into a simple text file on their smartphones and personal computers. Then, third-party applications that you download help organize this information. https://www.mymedicare.gov
Stratis Health, a non-profit in Minnesota http://www.stratishealth.org
Leading collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety
Should we be recording our phone calls?
Jan. 21, 2013 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21125291
New services that enable consumers and small businesses to record telephone calls, store them to “the cloud” and then read transcripts or carry out key-word searches of the audio database, are potentially revolutionising the way we treat the spoken word.
doctors and other professionals often use jargon that is difficult to understand on first hearing