As more data are collected, it's important for the public to understand how their health information is being used. But user agreements are often complex, lengthy and written in inaccessible language.
Health data gathered without the patient's consent can provide valuable information; however, transparency is crucial to maintain trust.
Health-care providers are increasingly relying on large data sets to deliver services. However, Small Data approaches provide nuance and context, and in some instances can be more beneficial.
East African countries use a scorecard to monitor maternal and child health progress in the region.
In Manitoba, Canada, researchers have used health databases to better understand how people with tuberculosis interact with the health-care system.
The government has rejected a call to extend the My Health Record opt-out period while amendments are made to ensure the privacy and security of the system.
The strengths of blockchain technologies could help address the weaknesses of health care systems to store and secure medical records.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
In the age of 'fake news' it's more important than ever to make sure that what's being published is the truth – especially when it comes to reporting research and science.
Non-use of data may be an even bigger problem that its misuse.
What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.
A plan to fine hospitals for avoidable hospitalisations and pay GPs to prevent them has many issues. The main problem is that it's impossible to measure the outcomes of health care in Australia.
Confidential data and even human lives are at risk thanks to the huge spread of connected technology in healthcare.
Measurement matters, especially when it comes to health care and how well we are treated if we get sick or have to go to hospital.
Africa battles with a dearth of data and seems unable to scale up health innovations. If these can be systematically addressed, the continent can take great strides towards better health for all.
The truth is that data in Africa are not produced on time, not frequently enough, are of poor quality and aren't accurate. This makes it difficult to make data driven decisions.
The cancer screening registry contract won by Telstra Health is only the first of the potential outsourcing of health programs. It creates a precedent that needs to be right.
Where you live affects your health and life expectancy. This makes it possible to map health outcomes against train stations, so that you can readily see the inequalities across cities like Melbourne.
Fitness devices like Fitbit set an automatic goal of 10,000 steps a day. But this isn't the magic threshold some make it out to be.
As wearables record more personal and physical activity data about us, we risk giving away more than we'd imagine.