Following listening sessions held last year in five U.S. cities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued recommendations on how health data can be collected, shared, protected, and translated in ways that are useful to consumers, organizations and communities nationwide.

The explosion of health data from electronic health records, wearable sensor technology and other sources has generated “excitement” about the potential of turning the tsunami of data into valuable information to improve health and wellness, according to RWJF. However, this promise will only be fulfilled “when people both can access the data and even more importantly trust they can do that with confidence.” For now, “people-related” barriers and technical challenges are standing in the way of “turning all that data into helpful information that people could use to improve health and wellness.”

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