‘Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If Everyone’s Medical Records Were Available Anonymously To Research Doctors?’


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Speaking at the 30th anniversary TED event in Vancouver earlier this week, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page hypothesized a system that would make people’s medical records available anonymously to research doctors for the sake of having access to a wide pool of medical information.

He also used the idea to make a compelling point about how and why we share data online.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone’s medical records were available anonymously to research doctors?” Page said. “When someone accesses your record ? a doctor ? you could see which doctor accessed it and why. You could maybe learn about what conditions you have. I think if we just did that, we could save 100,000 lives this year.”

Page notably had vocal cord nerve issues in 2012 that resulted in the temporary loss of his voice. It was a rare condition with very little information on it available.

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