In the TED Talks, Let’s pool our medical data, John Wilbanks addresses how the privacy of medical data could be slowing down research.
Privacy is very important when getting medical test done or receiving medical treatment. Therefore, there are strict laws in place that limit the information that researchers can study and use.
John Wilbanks argues that the need to protect our privacy is preventing researchers from accessing useful medical data that could greatly advance health care. He is working towards building a giant pool of health and genomic data that is freely available to researchers, allowing them to view large scale patterns, leading to health care innovation.