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Keynote: Privacy, Data Sharing & Access Innovation

DOCSF21 Keynote:
Privacy, Data Sharing & Access Innovation

Robert Wachter, MD

Professor, Medicine Chair, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Privacy data sharing and data access…when oh when will that happen? A patient walks into an orthopedic doctor’s office after undergoing a battery of tests at their primary care doctor’s office. The patient has diligently requested copies of all their records and yet the orthopedic surgeon cannot see key parts of the medical record they need, like the actual X-ray or MRI. By some estimates, as much as 30% of the healthcare delivered in the US is unnecessary or duplicative. Now that nearly 95% of healthcare data in the US is digital, why is this still true? Why can’t my data be shared? What and who stands in the way? Will blockchain save the day? Will the Federal Government?

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