Finding ways to link health care data in a secure and confidential way.
The strengths of blockchain technologies could help address the weaknesses of health care systems to store and secure medical records.
Reading over the consent form.
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.
Understanding how and why things happen can help people make sense of the world.
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.
You might be surprised to find what your data says about your past – and future – health.
What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.
Hospitals might be penalised for every admission that could have been avoided, under a proposal floated by Greg Hunt.
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.
Why did I click “download”?
Confidential data and even human lives are at risk thanks to the huge spread of connected technology in healthcare.
What we measure in our health system matters because this is where policy will be focused.
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.
Children play alongside stagnant water and rubbish in Lagos, Nigeria.
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.
Telstra Health has won the contract to manage the National Bowel Cancer and Cervical Screening Program registries.
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.
Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities.
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.
Long walk to fitness.
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.
Is your smartwatch spying on you?
wearables by Alexey Boldin/shutterstock.com
As wearables record more personal and physical activity data about us, we risk giving away more than we'd imagine.
Most sport is played by non-professionals in Australia such as this college challenge.
Australia is a sporting nation and the tragic death of batsman Phil Hughes is still very much in the hearts and minds of fans and players alike. Deaths in sport are rare but history does tell us that they…
What it takes to get to the top.
Rugby by Shutterstock
With a “win-at-all-costs” culture firmly embedded in elite sport, coaches are increasingly turning to technology in attempts to zoom in on the slightest deficiencies perceived to be thwarting the performance…
No longer restricted to elite athletes, personal fitness data can be collected from people jogging, going to the gym – even sleeping.
Beyond simply counting steps, fitness tracking technology creates personal black boxes that archive everything we do – even sleeping. So it’s not surprising to see that a Calgary law firm, representing…
We collect climate data. We collect health data. What if we combined the two?
As the world wakes up to the power of data, we need to start working out how to join up all this information. We need to turn it into meaningful findings that will help us to make changes to the way we…
Pinpoint that sex offender or maybe your own past problems.
The average citizen may not feel that they have anything to fear from the rise of apps that promise to identify sex offenders in their area but they are part of a worrying trend that should act as a warning…
Tim Kelsey doesn’t want you to worry about your data.
It’s crunch time for the UK government’s controversial care.data scheme, which has been postponed for the second time. A new advisory panel is starting work this week to try to work out how to get this…