Monthly Archives: April 2015

Whose data is it?

Medical data gets collected into proprietary platforms.  What if all that data were to be collected in one place, so it could be analyzed?

IBM, Partners to Pool, Analyze Health Data, Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2015 B6.  IBM, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic to pool health data for analysis.  Only data from consenting patients will be included, and the data will be anonymized.

Who owns the data, who does the work, and who gets the benefits?  How do the proceeds get shared? Isn’t this just a different proprietary platform?

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Monkey in the middle

The feds have been pushing for electronic health records for years.  In theory, a good idea.  If doctor shared the information he or she has about you with your other doctors, you’d get more complete medical care.

But it’s not working out that way.

Report Slams Digital Health Records,” Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2015 B4. Well, not so much as slam of the  records as of the vendors, who charge big bucks to set up connections between different systems, require customers to use proprietary platforms, and make it hard to switch vendors.  Hospitals make it hard, too, to share with others.  And it’s hard to figure out who’s at fault, because the contracts have strong confidentiality provisions.  As a result, although most doctors and hospitals have moved to electronic health records, only 30% can share the records with other providers.

Information doesn’t share itself.  You need access.  And privacy.  And someone needs to make money.

Whose information is it, anyway?  Why not give it all to me, and I’ll share it with my doctors?  Cut out the middleman?

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San Bruno, continued

In 2010, a gas pipeline ruptured in San Bruno, setting fire to a neighborhood and killing 8 people.  In the aftermath, PG&E, the utility responsible for the pipeline, couldn’t locate the required documents showing that 170+ miles of the 200+ miles of  pipelines had been properly inspected.  I’ve followed this for years.

Utility’s Fine for Explosions: $1.6 Billion,” Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2015 B1. After imposing the fine, the utility commission “want[s] to open a new investigation into the safety culture … after finding that [the utility] neglected its vast network of pipelines for decades.”

What was the fine for, then?  Or the lawsuits?  How many times can you dip?

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Do web ads make sense?

Ads are a way for getting information to your customers, to help them decide to pick your product or service.  You pay someone to give your customers access to those ads.  Access to information is a part of information governance.

But what if that access is illusory?

Is Web-Ad Industry Cleaning Up Fraud?”, Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2015 B4. More than half of all online ad “impressions” didn’t actually show on the users’ screens, despite efforts by the publishers to fix this and related problems.

So, are you getting what you pay for?  Why not set your rates based on how much people actually see?

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Value of information

Talk about Big Data, and the value in the use of information!

Computers Trawl Sea Of Data For Stock Picks,” Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2015 A1. $24billion hedge fund and the use of computers to find useful flags in publicly available data.

Why doesn’t the information governance discipline talk more about how to find and use information to make more money?  Is it because that’s too hard?  Either the talking, the finding, or the using.

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