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Let's pool our medical data

TEDGlobal 2012 · 16:25 · Filmed Jun 2012
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When you're getting medical treatment, or taking part in medical testing, privacy is important; strict laws limit what researchers can see and know about you. But what if your medical data could be used — anonymously — by anyone seeking to test a hypothesis? John Wilbanks wonders if the desire to protect our privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could lead to a wave of health care innovation.

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Data Commons Advocate
Imagine the discoveries that could result from a giant pool of freely available health and genomic data. John Wilbanks is working to build it. Full bio

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