How the US health care system will work: Here’s how you can learn more about the system’s new ‘health information bank’

Health care providers and consumers are already sharing personal information and information about their health, but what happens when health care providers also share that information with businesses?A new bank of health information is part of the effort, and the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the first step in creating the …

How to save on health insurance at the health information network

Health information is a critical tool for consumers, but the network of organizations and providers that collect and use it can be expensive.Here’s how to save money on the network by skipping the premiums.1.Paying your own billHealth insurance companies can help you avoid overcharges by automatically collecting your own premium.2.Checking the status of your health …

Why the tech industry has gotten so much wrong about health information

The tech industry’s obsession with the idea of health information is the biggest obstacle to innovation and growth, and it’s going to get worse.And it’s a huge one, because people are already worried about data breaches, they’re worried about privacy and security, and they’re also worried about whether they can trust their health data to …

Why is your health data being collected?

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has launched a public inquiry into the privacy implications of health information being collected by health service providers and their data brokers.Read moreThe inquiry, to be chaired by former Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, is seeking to answer the questions: How is health information collected and used?How is the information collected …

Why do so many people want to know your health? Here’s what they know

Health care professionals across the country have been telling us for years that there is an enormous gap between what patients are told and what they actually need.That’s because it’s hard to know what patients actually need because health care providers have been unable to tell patients what they really need.So the best we can …