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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much modern societies are governed by statistics. Despite their objective appearance, these numbers gain their strength from very human relationships.
Doctors can share your medical information, with your permission.
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A health law expert explains what the regulation does and doesn't protect.
There are any more sophisticated programs available for managing health data. Why did Public Health England use Microsoft Excel?
Calls for more race-based data fail to consider the many risks associated with collecting it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to calls for the collection of race-based data. But the risks of algorithmic discrimination must be addressed.
Managing large datasets of sensitive health information requires accountability.
Data trusts are a key part of a health data infrastructure that manages user and patient information in a responsible, transparent and accountable manner.
If we want to know how COVID-19 works, we need to know more than just the age and sex of who it kills.
Using data to manage the spread of coronavirus means that work and everyday life could quickly resume.
A national health plan that uses data to assess individual risk and control disease outbreaks would have created less disruption than the current coronavirus pandemic response.
Health care workers use a nasal swab to test a person for COVID-19 in Pembroke Park, Florida.
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A recent report by the CDC estimated that the true number of COVID-19 cases in the US could be six to 24 times more than the number of confirmed cases. A public health scholar explains the implications.
Flowers sit on a bench in front of Orchard Villa care home in Pickering, Ont. on April 27, 2020.
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People living in long-term care facilities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Canada. A new report analyzing long-term care around the world assesses Canada's pandemic performance.
Different countries report coronavirus data differently.
It is only with comparable data that scientists can assess whether the measures they implement are effective in protecting citizens, and better prepare for future health crises.
The watchdog has voiced concerns over the proposed US$2.1 billion merger, from which both users and Australian health services could lose out.
Contact tracing apps are coming to Canada, but there are privacy concerns.
Police departments have suggested using contact tracing approaches to track protesters, raising concerns about data and privacy.
Breastfeeding is important for infant and maternal health. But without national data non breastfeeding rates, we have no idea whether things are improving or getting worse.
If you’ve interacted with the health system during the pandemic, your data is probably being used by researchers.
The UK government has quietly relaxed a confidentiality law that protects patient health data. Here's why that matters.
Racially sorted patients are surveilled, often with negative consequences.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents potentially concerning trajectories for race relations. Many of these concerns might even originate within the medical profession.
On the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, we take a look at how her monumental efforts helped shape the way we model health care and disease outbreak data today.
As data breaches occur more frequently, could blockchain provide greater protection for our health data?
Data breaches are on the rise, but blockchain can provide a secure way for consumers to manage their data and their privacy.
LifeLabs paid a ransom for the retrieval of 15 million health records.
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Government privacy commissioners are investigating a data breach at one of Canada's largest medical services companies, after hackers gained access to the personal information of 15 million customers.
Despite massive investments, Canada’s health-care system has not reaped the benefits of digital technology like banking and retail sectors have.
The digitization of health care in Canada has been a bumpy ride — due to lack of focus on governance, and lack of emphasis on interoperability, transparency and accountability.
User agreements are often long, complex and inaccessible texts that don’t help users understand what exactly is being done with their information.
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.