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Everybody Dies: How to Preserve Your Digital Legacy

Now everyone has exhaustive and detailed records of our lives in our emails, chats, social media posts, and more. In the not too distant future, we may be able to upload our digital lives to black boxes that write our biographies. If you care about your digital life after death – and the sanity of those that will be tasked with managing it – you should take control of your digital destiny now. Here are our tips and resources for managing your digital estate.

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Health Big Data in the Commercial Context

This paper is the third in a series of three, each of which explores health big data in a different context. The first — on health big data in the government context — is available here, and the second — on health big data in the clinical context — is available here. Consumers are increasingly using mobile phone…

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Health Big Data in the Clinical Context

This paper is the second in a series of three, each of which explores health big data in a different context. The first — on health big data in the government context — is available here, and the third — on health big data in the commercial context — is available here. The health care industry, like other sectors, faces exciting new…

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Health Big Data in the Government Context

This paper is the first in a series of three, each of which explores health big data in a different context. The second — on health big data in the clinical context — is available here, and the third — on health big data in the commercial context — is available here. Data-driven and information-based systems have quickly become…

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Comments on Covered California’s Consumer Web Portal

In June 2013, Covered California provided the public with a demonstration of the consumer web portal for eligibility determination and enrollment. CDT joined with Consumers Union, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and other partners in praising Covered California for designing a web portal that allows consumers to browse the webpage before inputting their information. In addition, CDT submitted a…

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Comments on The Draft eHealth Patient Authorization Guidance Tool

In April 2013, the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) released a draft version of its eHealth Patient Authorization Guidance Tool and invited public comment. The eHealth Patient Authorization Guidance Tool is an electronic decision support tool to assist health care providers in determining when patient authorization is necessary before sharing health…

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REBOOT: Re-Examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT

In April 2013, six Republican Senators – Alexander, Burr, Coburn, Enzi, Roberts and Thune – released a white paper, “REBOOT: Re-Examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT,” and invited public comment. In the paper, the Senators identify deficiencies related to health IT implementation in five areas: (1) path toward interoperability; (2) costs; (3)…

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CDT Comments to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on Information Requests

CDT supports health IT-enabled quality measurement, which involves the use of health data to assess the timeliness, completeness and appropriateness of preventive services, diagnostic services and treatment provided in health care.  A quality measurement system that enables access to clinical data for these purposes must be built in a way that ensures public trust. CDT therefore recommends that any quality…

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Safeguarding Patient-Generated Health Data on Mobile Devices

Robert Wood Johnson’s Project HealthDesign is exploring a vision of personal health records as tools for improved health decision-making by both patients and providers. In the latest phase, researchers are providing patients with smartphones to aggregate and send observations of daily living to healthcare providers, providing a richer picture of a patient’s day-to-day health status. Patients’ use…

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