Personal Data for Community Health
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Individuals are tracking a variety of health-related data via a growing number of wearable devices and smartphone apps. More and more data relevant to health are also being captured passively as people communicate with one another on social networks, shop, work, or do any number of activities that leave “digital footprints.” Self-tracking data can provide better measures of everyday behavior and lifestyle and can fill in gaps in more traditional clinical or public health data collection, giving us a more complete picture of health for both individual and communities.
This presentation outlines the power of these new forms of data in the context of community health, and outlines some of the challenges that must be addressed.
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