Data lockers for healthcare?

By John Farrell
09:13 AM

Online data lockers are barely a ripple in the IT pond, showing up as secure sites where individuals can keep Web site passwords and other information, or as basic computer backup services. But as consumer data becomes more important to businesses, and cloud computing ditches the need for physical presences, this technology may very well put customer data in the hands of consumers - even in healthcare.

According to a 1to1 Media report that cites Jim Harris, data expert and author of the Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality Blog, the leap to using online data lockers at the enterprise level should be the next step in the technology's evolution.

Harris is confident advancements in semantic Web tools and the push for online health records may speed up development of personal online data lockers, since doctors and insurers are looking to streamline and share patient data more efficiently.

Although he concedes exploration of this space is limited, Harris thinks the concept might solve many data privacy and security issues, as well as some data quality problems. Consumers would keep track and update their own records, and would grant permission on a case-by-case basis to companies and organizations looking to use the data.

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