Aetna CarePass Combines Mobile Health App Data
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8/1/2013 | 3:06:13 AM
re: Aetna CarePass Combines Mobile Health App Data
I think applications such as the Carepass application from Aetna are going to be the future healthcare, especially when it comes to patient involvement in their own healthcare. Having a hub where you can view information from multiple apps and being able to use that information is crucial for people that want to be more involved in their health. Empowering patients is a major part of what is going to make healthcare IT a success or a failure.

Jay Simmons
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7/21/2013 | 6:49:20 AM
re: Aetna CarePass Combines Mobile Health App Data
I read the privacy policy, the long and lengthy one they provide, written by lawyers and it's says data selling all over it and connecting to FitBit and Jawbone from that end sell data. I really wonder when businesses will be able to stand alone and make a profit without selling data. The big fear of course is data being used out of context against you and we see that already. It's data selling epidemic. Several folks have told me they are starting to ignore employer wellness programs too as they are getting way too nosy and it's not worth it and easier to stay outside the radar without getting more involved than they have to.

Gamilifaction doesn't work and here's a great game that exploits all of the data selling that takes place and I hope they bring more attention her as it's a epidemic and why the tangible side of our economy suffers as everyone's too busy flipping algorithms for profits.

Besides if don't understand the privacy policy policy, I'm going elsewhere for sure and there's a lot more like me out there too:) Aetna works with HeatlhVault so if they are populating the PHR they have with your data, export and run...use a non tethered PHR to where you have control as a patient over the data.

Time to license and excise tax the data sellers, banks, insurers, companies you name it as they make billions selling data and if old Walgreens is kicking around $1B just selling data, there you go, huge pool to excise tax.

We never see how many really use apps as such but outside the over reaching quantified self folks that jump on everything, I am guessing the crowd may not be too large. This falls under what consumers lose in the "free or almost free" world today of software apps.

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