Monday, December 14, 2009

Guess who wants to copy Facebook

In a report on (requires registering for free account) we are told that Facebooks new privacy model is a good beginning for the online records for the healthcare industry. And as mixed a bag as the new policy is, they may be right.

Facebook still needs to do some work - how much depends on who you talk to - before their privacy settings will pass muster with most privacy advocates and many users. But the concepts behind them address issues that the medical industry has been saying could not be done. That is, huge numbers of accounts can have individualized settings. With the living proof that Facebook has provided, we may see hospitals and insurance companies providing online records similar to the offerings provided by Google and Microsoft, but with the information entered for you by your health providers. And those providers have more (and more binding) reason to protect your data.