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VIEWPOINT From Information to Valuable Asset: The Commercialization of Health Data as a Human Rights Issue

Dickens, Amy (2020) 'VIEWPOINT From Information to Valuable Asset: The Commercialization of Health Data as a Human Rights Issue.' Health and Human Rights, 22 (2). pp. 67-70. ISSN 1079-0969

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Abstract

Health data is a valuable source of knowledge that states can use to advance or undermine the right to health. But the sources and use of health data are changing in our emerging global data economy. Novel forms of digitized health information are fueling a booming industry for algorithmic technologies in health care, rendering it a huge source of scientific and commercial value. To date, the tech giants—Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon—are way ahead of public health systems in capitalizing on this value. There is an urgent need for states to recognize the value of health data and use it to advance human rights. Failing to do so risks private actors gaining ever more expansive monopoly powers that threaten patients’ social and economic rights.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 11:37
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32975

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