Healthcare & BigTech

Hi Ali,

This is an interesting topic. I think there is two parts to this and that
is how the issue should be addressed.

There is part one which is about Data Protection and privacy and you can\’t
blame anyone for being alarmed at Google having access to 50 million
patient records… the company literally has \”made a living\” out of having
people giving up private data for convenience (including the email I am
typing ?)

The second part is what technology can do for healthcare (or really any
other sector – education, registration of births and deaths) – being able
to digitize all our multiple identities including identification, health
records and associating this with other records such as land registry
records, tax records, criminal records, school records, business ownership
records) – the ability to store all this massive amounts of data in the
cloud and manipulate it and learn from it (machine learning, A.I etc) holds
great potential to improve lives of citizens… actually improve is an
understatement – transformation is more appropriate.

But all this system of digitization of paper, digitalization of process
should be led by someone who can be held accountable to citizens – in
normal nations this would be the government. Having an entity like Google
or Ascencion do the hard work means we have to be prepared to pay the
price… same story having Mastercard do Huduma Number.

Then the final and ultimate step is that while government will be involved
in all of the expense and resourcing (all the computing resources need for
learning and storage should be gov. owned) the final ultimate step is that
the citizen holds the keys and permission to use their data. E.g you would
get a notification saying C.I.D are requesting access to your bank or tax
data – or you would get a request when the building you enter make a
request to receive a visual confirmation that the image their system has
captured of you matches the name you gave them – and you would be asked how
long they were to hold this data (1 hour, 1 day) – citizen empowerment to
control and share their data is the ultimate data protection… empowerment
only happens with adequate user education and open and simple user

Example of a bad way to digitize was the first attempt at \”Huduma number\” –
ultimatums and deadlines to the holders of data is not a good place to
start… a good place to start is to ask yourself \”What do I already know
about the entity (human being) whose records I am trying to unify and
digitize… and then work with that.

– Oops I guess I went off topic. That is my ten cents on the matter.
With kind regards


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On Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 8:34 AM Ali Hussein via kictanet <> wrote:

> Listers
> In the recent past cries of outrage have been heard from all corners of
> the world on issues related to privacy and the power of BigTech over our
> lives.
> Now BigTech is venturing into Healthcare with various initiatives from AI
> to how the healthcare ValueChain can be improved to bring down costs and
> make it more efficient.
> Google’s latest forays into @Healthcare is raising a lot of eyebrows. Are
> we becoming too cautious at the expense of possible groundbreaking
> innovation? What can we do to ensure we don’t throw the baby with the bath
> water?
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