When hospitals have access to your electronic medical record, you get better care. Depending on what you’re admitted for, readily available digital health information could be the difference between life and death.
But information made digital is information made hackable. Hackers nab more than just your credit cards, social security number, and other demographic and financial information tied to your identity. Hospital breaches include theft of sensitive health information. It’s modernity’s big tradeoff between data access and data security. It’s also a challenge for the next generation of precision medicine because a big-data-scale aggregate of detailed, sensitive health information is crucial for developing tomorrow’s treatments and cures.
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