NEWS COMMENTARY

Apple and Google to partner for COVID-19 contact tracing app

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April 10, 2020
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Truly disruptive

Under the guise of a (me-too) contact tracing app for COVID-19, this partnership will change the consumer relationship with personal healthcare data. The first proposed API rollout will allow both tech giants to access EHRs that were previously siloed via partnerships, giving them access to an enormous volume of development data. The second rollout, the tracing app itself, will set a precedent for individuals to use their data to achieve a meaningful personal goal – ultimately planting a flag on the idea that healthcare data belongs to the consumer. This partnership is a watershed moment for data access and will set a precedent for determining what privacy and healthcare data ownership means in the modern digital health landscape.

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