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Opinion: Unlock the Treasure Trove of Health Data

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

March 16, 2012

In The Vancouver Sun, a former health minister says British Columbia should "unlock the treasures hiding in our data and use them to save lives." Colin Hansen, Liberal MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena, says that BC has one of the best collections of health data on the globe and "if we allowed people we trust to open it" and analyze it, thousands of lives and billions of dollars could be saved. "This is one of those rare opportunities where there are no downsides, only remarkable potential benefits," Hansen writes. "The protection of individuals' privacy must be paramount. And it is. BC has the safeguard to guarantee privacy is protected."
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