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Patients demand deeper access to the information gathered by their medical devices

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 8:45am
Mass Device

Patients, physicians, regulators and device makers attempt to reconcile some patients' demand to access the data gathered by their health devices with the medical and regulatory need to ensure the information is safe and meaningful.

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A growing group of patients is beginning to demand more from their medical devices, calling on medtech manufacturers and physicians to grant them access to the data gathered from their medical implants and other devices.

As medical technologies and the patients using them are growing more tech- and web-savvy, the information gathered by a device such as a cardiac implant or a sleep apnea machine is becoming tricky ground for patients, device makers, physicians and regulators.

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