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Summer Quarterly Report Preview: Privacy and Big Technology

Travis Good, MD

Co-founder, CEO & Chief Privacy Officer

July 27, 2018   Innovation Leadership Healthcare Cloud Pharma (pharmaceutical industry)

This latest Datica Industry Report was an exciting package to put together. As we have done in previous reports, we have curated some of the more insightful articles and commentary from publications around the web. Certainly, there’s a lot of privacy news out there. We think it’s timely as the Healthcare industry grapples with GDPR, new privacy legislation in California and, seemingly, more aggressive healthcare industry efforts by the technology titans of Microsoft and Amazon.

A fascinating section of the report includes two studies worth diving into:

  • The Cloud Security Report by Cybersecurity Insiders and Crowd Research Partners. What’s noteworthy: The study is based on 400,000 security professionals on LinkedIn.
  • Deloitte’s report, “Healthcare and Life Sciences Predictions 2020”. It’s thoughtful and smart.

My takeaway from all the recent privacy/security news in the healthcare space and the general business and consumer landscape is what I recently wrote in a forthcoming book we are authoring about compliance:

Complying with regulations on protecting patient data privacy sounds like it should be pretty cut and dried, right? The government sets rules and companies follow them, or else they are penalized. In fact, compliance is a bit more squishy than that, because it needs to evolve and respond to the ongoing changes in the market that are caused by digital transformation.

Healthcare is no different from any industry where technology is rapidly changing. You see this whenever a new technology comes along. Over time, everyone — humans, cultures, businesses, industries — have had a hard time understanding the legal, social, and ethical consequences of a brand new development. They find themselves asking, ‘Well, what do we do with this technology now that it’s a thing?’ You can already project into the future what happens when, say, we can finally splice genes the right way. People will be asking, what do we do now that we can change our eye color on the fly?

Compliance behaves like a lagging indicator. It’s just a part of regulation and regulation has tried to keep up with the pace of technology.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Datica Quarterly Report. If you have questions or comments, as always, contact us.

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