Data scientists, doctors learning to seek consent

The survey asked American patients whether they would be comfortable allowing a wearable device to measure certain basic biometrics (like heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) and communicate those readings directly to a partnering physician. A majority of respondents said they would be comfortable with that arrangement, in the interest of increasing engagement with their treatment, as well as managing their health between visits. At the same time that increasing scrutiny is being leveled against both public and private methods of tracking, spying, monitoring, and other forms surreptitious data-gathering, this study demonstrates that people recognize Big Data itself, in the right hands, can be a useful, valuable tool. Although America’s federal government has been a subject of many criticisms of eavesdropping and data-gathering, it has also been on the forefront of…

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