Big data’ says you’re a cancer risk. Do you want your insurer to know? Do you want to know?

Waiting for your name to be called. The squeeze on your arm from a blood pressure test. Visiting a doctor feels nothing like logging into Facebook, but for how long?

Your health is becoming another data point to be collected and analysed on a massive scale, as clinical records are digitised, apps track our heart rate, and new tools promise they can tell someone’s mental state from a tweet. This growing mass of health data has led some experts to call for a new “social contract” — a fresh negotiation of trust between patients and the groups that want their most intimate information.

Author: Ariel Bogle


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