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Issue 114

Patient patients

There's a quintessentially American healthcare story that illustrates how broken our treatment of medical data can be.

In June 2018, two Arizona hospitals went bankrupt; for-profit healthcare, this can't be all that uncommon. When it happened, their technology suppliers ended up creditors, and despite (or because of) ongoing conflicts with various investors neither care providers nor the patients themselves were left able to access their information.

Their life-or-death, care-provision-dependent, personal information about their literal bodies.

There's a 21-year-old waiting on the hospital to resolve this before she can have surgery performed on her pancreas. 

We invest lots of time looking for the "perfect" HAT use case in our work meeting partners and customers. Something at the edge of digital transformation, innovative information-led business models, and the future of technology-delivered service. We invest some of that time on pharmaceutical and healthcare innovation projects.

It would cost the hospital USD $45,000 to put the now-dead servers back online for 90 days, and guess what, they're not willing to. “Having my life, practically, in the hands of a judge and people I don’t even know, who don’t even know my situation, it’s upsetting,” the patient said when interviewed. Tell me those medical records wouldn't be safer in their patients' private care.

Maybe just a personal data account in every hospital is what we need.

Yours in HAT,

Leila Trilby, Editor-in-chief

The present


Tech can connect to your brain through your wrist with a device. The future is now.

Nesta's looking at democracy. "In recent months there’s been a surge of interest in deliberative methods of public engagement in the UK. The Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Involve are leading a campaign for deliberative democracy, UK Select Committees have begun to experiment and the UK Government has announced funding for its own programme of so-called ‘mini-publics’ to be tested with local authorities across England." Lots of this is actually about tech - it's an interesting read.

Sifted put out a nice piece on some of the data stores alongside us in the mix, with shoutouts to the Trust and Tech initiative here in Cambridge and some local investors. 

The future

The doghouse

500px (photo sharing site) dropped 14.8m users' personal data in a security breach in July 2018.

Privacy violation is a two-way street. Alot of the applications that partner with Facebook offer the giant your personal data as a part of the login deal. Say it with me: we need transparency, receipts, and contracts for this type of thing. I'm so annoyed that every time we learn more about dodgy personal data exchange its headline friggin' news.

Google secretly installed a microphone in its Nest "Secure" line of thermostats. And then said "whoops"! At least Amazon is blatantly spying on you - this is just gross.

HAT News

Flying round the world again. Teams are in Malaysia setting up deals with UK entrepreneurs and I'm in the UK setting up deals with Malaysian entrepreneurs. 

Chatting health. We started pursuits into health tech last year with Bear Health Technology, and that was just the beginning. Lots more happening in consolidated records, edge analytics, and other innovations. This good space.



See you next week,

Jonathan Holtby, HAT Community Manager

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