How a complex web of businesses turned private health records from GE into a lucrative portrait of patients

How a complex web of businesses turned private health records from GE into a lucrative portrait of patients

But privacy experts said it shouldnt be up to IQVIA, or any other for-profit company, to decide how patients personal information is used. Who are you to decide what benefits these people? Yasnoff said. What gives you the right to be judge, jury, and executioner?To Yasnoff, the common comparison of medical data to oil a commodity to be freely traded entirely misunderstands the unique nature of data. Oil gets burned and cant be reused, but information can be reused, and so is very valuable, he said. The way we need to deal with personal information is to look at it as an extension of the person.

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