Providers pry open Pandora’s Box of patient data

The stated goal of the newly-announced Truveta—a data aggregation startup rolling deep with 14 of the largest U.S. health systems on board—is to liberate meaningful health data from medical records to drive treatment discovery research and improve patient care. This exciting new venture offers promise and peril: there’s an opportunity to unleash the largest trove of real world clinical data ever. But doing so without compromising patient privacy—and ensuring the data is used to advance outcomes that actually matter to patients—will require clear intention and sustained focus. Success will require collectively taking advantage of all the second Machine Age has to offer—cloud computing, Big Data, the IoT, AI—in ways that no health system could tackle alone. Here’s hoping for all the breakthrough, with none of the distraction.


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