Top privacy researchers urge the health care industry to safeguard patient data

Top privacy researchers say it’s time to reform how health data is governed and give patients back control of their information.

Patient data might be the biggest business you’ve never heard of.

As a STAT investigation published Monday revealed, data brokers are quietly trafficking in Americans’ health information — often without their knowledge or consent, and beyond the reach of federal health privacy laws. This market in medical records has become highly lucrative  — $13.5 billion annually —  thanks to advances in artificial intelligence that enable the slicing, dicing, and cross-referencing of that data in powerful new ways.

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