The Organization of Your Own Health

I recently came across an article on Wired entitled “Do You Want Your Apps to Know About Your Last Doctor’s Visit?” The article was about being able to download your own health records and then transfer them to a third party source. The article discussed how the data you ultimately accumulate on your smart watch can be downloaded and then released to a third party app. It also warned against the privacy issues that this brings up for patients and what releasing this information will do.

I thought that this article was interesting in relation to knowledge organization because of how we organize our own personal information i.e. medical records, text conversations, Tweets etc. versus how others would organize it. I know that I don’t personally keep a copy of my own medical records, but I know plenty of people who do. There are also people who like being able to access them via online medical services, such as MyWestMed. Patients can log in, view, and download their personal medical records via those sites. They can do this privately because the only people who have access to the medical records are themselves and the doctor’s office that needs to view them.

However, this article does bring up a good point. Do we want to open this Pandora’s box of letting third party apps be able to view and organize our personal information as we see fit? Or do we need to take charge of our information and find a way to organize it that’s more standardized? I tend to agree with this article’s perspective in that I don’t want third party apps ultimately making decisions for me, especially when it comes to my health. Ultimately, we have to think about where we’re going and how technology when it comes to our own personal information can be helpful but also could be harmful.

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Source: Crawford, Susan. (2019, October 2nd.) “Do You Want Your Apps to Know About Your Last Doctor’s

Visit?” Retrieved from

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