Quality of healthcare.
Patient data play a critical role in improving healthcare and public health. When researchers have timely access to this data, it supports the development of new treatments. It enables them to develop better policies and treatment protocols. It also gives them more ways to scientifically evaluate policies and treatments.
The need for this is growing because of the rise of personalized health care. This requires data analysis of patients at a more detailed and individual level.
Still, access to most patient data in healthcare is subject to many limitations. This limits the development, innovation, and efficient implementation of new research, new products, services, and systems.
Sharing real patient data is virtually impossible because of privacy regulations and ethical concerns. The United States, for example, has the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the European Union has the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).