Health Data Explorers by Kevin Patrick
February 9, 2016
Dr. Kevin Patrick is the director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at Calit2. At the 2015 Quantified Self Public Health Symposium Kevin offered novel ways to think about the social utility of data. “The petabytes of data that are coalescing outside of traditional medical care and public health are a new natural resource,” he said. But instead of using the trite and troubling metaphor “data is the new oil,” he asked us to turn our attention in a different direction, to the notion of thinking about data as part of our commons. “Properly cared for and curated, it can benefit all of us, like clean air and clean water.”
Kevin is leading a growing network of researchers and companies called the Health Data Exploration Project, whose members are committed specifically to using self-collected data for public health discoveries.