Anita Ramasastry, Should Apps Map Illness Like We Map the Weather? Justia: Verdict (2015), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/faculty-articles/752
Should Apps Map Illness Like We Map the Weather?
In this column, I will look at Healthyday and the evolution of new M-health apps that use publicly crowdsourced data to “map” illnesses and diseases. While these apps would show promise if they helped us track a single disease or pandemic (e.g., flu, or Lyme disease), or a true public health crisis (e.g., Ebola), their use for mapping everyday aches and pains may, for now, be of limited use and pose significant privacy concerns.