Video Blog: Exploring the Pros and Cons of the Health Data Boom (Part I)


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Earlier this week, the California Healthcare Foundation published a new report written by the noted health economist, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (who also happens to be a good friend).  The report, titled Here’s Looking At You: How Personal Health Information Gets Tracked And Used, is very timely, as it focuses much-needed attention on the fact that we are collectively generating large quantities of “health data exhaust,” which is being collected, analyzed and used by a range of organizations, including insurance firms and wellness companies — for good and ill.  (I also appreciate the fact that she included my commentary in the report.)

It turns out that the report is timely for yet another reason.  I’m constantly looking for new ways to deliver insights about the digital health future.  I recently decided to act on a long-time interest to provide my thoughts on the evolving digital health landscape in a more visual fashion, beyond images, infographics, charts and graphs.  In addition, I am sitting on a trove of data from the research arm of the digihealth pulse project. I’d like to share some of it in ways that are entertaining, engaging and understandable.

This is why I’m pleased to announce the launch of my latest project: Digital Health Illustrated. This video blog series will feature thinking, original research and more about how digital technologies are influencing health globally.  The first episode of the series (which is divided into two parts), focuses on the pros and cons of data collection and analysis and looks at what consumers (both ordinary Americans and ePatients) think about the privacy and security issues associated with big health data.

View part one of the first Digital Health Illustrated episode by clicking the image below.  Also, please share Digital Health Illustrated with your friends and colleagues.  Your support will help ensure its success.

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Fard Johnmar

About the Author

Fard Johnmar is founder and president of Enspektos, LLC, which powers digihealth pulse. Enspektos is an innovation consultancy focused on helping health organizations use digital technologies to spark action among consumers, healthcare providers, caregivers and others. He is also a 2013-2014 Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research, a global think tank focused on the advanced study of the latest developments in new and emerging communications tools and technologies.  He also is co-author of ePatient 2015: 15 Surprising Trends Changing Health Care.

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