(Washington, DC – January 23, 2015) – Today on HuffingtonPost Live, Galileo Analytics Co-Founder Anna McCollister-Slipp called on those attending the World Economic Forum in Davos to commit to making digital health data more available to patients, physicians and researchers. McCollister-Slipp made her comments as part of the HuffPost Live’s coverage of the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland.
“I’m particularly excited that the World Economic Forum is taking on the issue of digital health at this year’s meeting, because many of the issues that are keeping us from going as far as we could with today’s technology tend to be economic decisions by corporations who have a false sense of ownership over patient data or refuse to open up data streams through APIs, so that independent developers can develop technologies that patients will use,” she said.
Echoing her comments from a column she wrote in late 2014 for the Huffington Post titled The Grim Reality of Digital Health Today, McCollister-Slipp said most investment in digital health tools are directed toward those who are focused on wellness tools or activity trackers, rather than applications aimed at helping patients manage disease, adding that those in Davos should think more strategically about how they direct their dollars to get the most from digital health investments.
“If we can get the world’s economic leaders in Davos to make this a priority, we can get really far really quickly,” she said.
McCollister-Slipp was one of three panelists interviewed by HuffPost Live anchor Nancy Redd. Other panelists included Chris Fabian, Co-Founder, UNICEF Innovation Unit and Shannon Firth, Contributor, MedPage Today.
For the full HuffPost Live segment on The Digital Health Revolution and Davos, click here.