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OPLIN 4Cast #672: Who do you trust with your medical data?

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As a librarian, I tend to see most problems as “information problems,” including—or maybe especially—health care. I appreciate how “Dr. Google” (when it’s not stoking my hypochondria) can advise me on the treatment of minor ailments. I am annoyed and comforted by the extra level of protections I see around my own medical data.

My tech news feeds were full of stories that have me pondering the balance: how do we have the necessary protections and privacy to prevent abuse and exploitation, while still allowing the data to flow freely for the best and most timely medical care? Do we trust Apple to be the courier of our medical records, but not Google?

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