In a world driven by data, we must ensure that the we can reap the benefits of analysing anonymised health information – while still protecting privacy, writes Dean Russell MP.
Over the last century, our understanding of personal and public health has grown more quickly than at any other point in human history. Scientific developments have enabled some of medicine’s brightest brains to study cross-population health data that in turn saw the development of life-changing health provision. However, it could be said we are approaching a crossroads. As technology advances at an increasing pace, there is an increasing ethical dilemma of what data we can – and should – collect from our citizens in the name of progress, and how to use it.