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Preventing the Next Cambridge Analytica from using your Medical Records

Most healthcare pundits can agree that patients should be in control of their data. There’s actually enough momentum behind that statement that the ONC has been pushing legislation in that direction over the past few years. By 2019, EHR vendors will be required to open up an API such that a patient using any application can authorize that application to use her data. This is similar to the OAuth 2 functionality Facebook supports for third party application developers–the same that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Mark Zuckerberg’s subsequent congressional testimony earlier this week.

Two of Redox developers most familiar with the regulatory environment and authentication frameworks collaborated on an article that was picked up as an op-ed last night in HealthData Management Magazine. The piece dives into the lessons to be learned from Facebook/Cambridge Analytica and how we need to think about that as developers and stewards of patient data in healthcare. I’m excited to share the article with our audience here. Congrat’s Clark and Nick!

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Written by Niko Skievaski

Niko got his start in healthcare at Epic, where he taught healthcare economics and saw first hand how the need to solve interoperability is one of the biggest challenge facing healthcare today. In 2014 he co-founded Redox out of 100state, Wisconsin's largest co-working space which he co-founded the year prior. He's also the creator of Struck by Orca, healthcare's pivotal book on ICD-10. He has degrees in Economics from Arizona State and Boston University and lives in Boulder, CO with his partner and toddler.