(Boston, MA – October 24, 2014) – Galileo Analytics Co-Founder Anna McCollister-Slipp today called on medical device manufacturers, hospital systems and electronic
health record companies to make their data accessible for patients and independent developers who want to help patients make better use of their personal health data. McCollister-Slipp made her comments during a presentation at the Partners Center for Connected Health Symposium in Boston, MA.

“I’m swimming in data that could provide critical insights into how to better manage my health. But, I’m unable to access the data in useful formats and combine the data streams to find patterns. As a result, this valuable data is mostly useless,” McCollister-Slipp said.

“From a technological perspective, this problem is easy to fix. We could do it this week or this month, if we chose to do it. But so far, we have lacked the political will to force or the corporate will to choose to make personal data access a priority.”

McCollister-Slipp, a type 1 diabetes patient, spoke on a panel with other patient advocates and experts on incorporating patient needs into the design of health care services, digital health and mHealth tools. Her comments echoed her recent article for the XPrize Foundation and Huffington Post titled “The Grim Reality of Digital Health Today”

More information on McCollister-Slipp’s panel is below:

Human Interoperability: Getting patients and providers on the same page

Moderator: Jack Barrette, WEGO Health

Pat Mastors, Patient Voice Institute

Anna McCollister-Slipp, Galileo Analytics

Patty Skolnik, Citizens for Patient Safety

Andrew Ziskind, MD, Huron Healthcare

About the Partners Center for Connected Health Symposium

The Connected Health Symposium is a change-agent conference that promotes innovative thinking and the application of personal consumer health technologies to support new models of care delivery. With a  focus on trends at the intersection of technology and new models of health care delivery, the Symposium convenes thought leaders in an effort to grow the rapidly-expanding connected health marketplace. Our audience is a high-profile gathering of innovators, researchers, industry representatives and policymakers who gather for knowledge-sharing across the connected health landscape. Over 100 speakers and more than 1,000 attendees come together to define the future of care delivery and impact the day-to-day lives of patients.

About the Partners Center for Connected Health

Working with industry visionaries and like-minded allies around the world, Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health is moving healthcare beyond the hospital and clinic and into the day-to-day lives of patients. From mobile devices and social media to sensors and home robots, the Center puts technology to the test, seeking new ways to help people take care of themselves and their loved ones.


About Admin

Anna McCollister-Slipp is co-founder of Galileo Analytics, a Visual Data Exploration and advanced data analytics company focused on democratizing access to and understanding of complex health data. In addition, she is the Chief Advocate for Participatory Research at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, where she is charged with bringing the expertise of patients, caregivers and community physicians into the design of health research. Anna’s passion for innovation in health data research is rooted in her personal experiences living with type 1 diabetes. As an entrepreneur and advocate, she speaks frequently about the promise of digital health, the imperative for patient data access and the need for improved outcomes measures for chronic disease. Anna serves on a number of government and private committees and boards aimed at promoting innovative ways to better understand, manage and treat complex health conditions, such as diabetes.

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