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Imagine a World Where the Patient Owns Their Data

If patients ever figured out how to organize around the privacy of their data how would that impact how healthcare data is handled.

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, known as the founder of the world wide web has an idea for health data, pods. 


"We are on a mission to change the way the web works, to make it a better place for all of us," said Berners-Lee in a November YouTube video with Technology Intelligence Live. "It's a mid-course correction to restore the values of individual and group empowerment that the internet used to have and seems to have lost."

"This is the opposite way that apps are built," Berners-Lee said. "You don't have to hand your data over and then it's locked away in that app forever."


Today we look at the concept, then it's application to healthcare, and then we are going to ask what this might mean to your local health system.

The National Health System in the UK is one of the first clients of this pod concept. Could it work in the US?

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