Many people in and around the tech world have had conversations about the viability, safety and interest in sharing consumer health information. The Federal Trade Commission seems concerned about the practice, while the Food and Drug Administration doesn't. The group that is always left out of these discussions, however, is the consumers themselves.
AND Medical, a manufacturer of consumer health and wellness monitors, such as blood pressure monitors and scales, recently surveyed average consumers to find out their take on sharing health information collected with consumer monitoring devices. They discovered that people were surprisingly open to the possibility, especially if the data is shared with healthcare professionals in a secure environment.
This is a diversion from the generally accepted belief in the health community that consumers are privacy focused. The massive success of both Facebook and Twitter could have also clued the industry in to the fact that people will share everything with anyone.
Interview by Jamie Davis, The Podmedic for the Tech Podcast Network.
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