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Our High-Tech Health-Care Future – NYTimes.com

Our High-Tech Health-Care Future – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Our High-Tech Health-Care Future

Cambridge, Mass.

WHY can’t Americans tap into the ingenuity that put men on the moon, created the Internet and sequenced the human genome to revitalize our economy?

I’m convinced we can. We are in the early phases of the next big technology-driven revolution, which I call “consumer health.” When fully unleashed, it could radically cut health care costs and become a huge global growth market.

Over the past few years, innovations like electronic health records and the use of mobile computing devices in hospitals have begun to improve medical care delivery. Consumer health information Web sites and online disease support groups have made millions of people active participants in their own health care.

But imagine a far more extreme transformation, in which advances in information technology, biology and engineering allow us to move much of health care out of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, and into our everyday lives.

Here’s a picture — inspired by ideas and innovations emerging from university research labs, clinical innovation centers, start-ups and large companies — of how it could work.

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Lithwick: What if Members of the Supreme Court Had To Wear GPS Devices? – Slate Magazine

Lithwick: What if Members of the Supreme Court Had To Wear GPS Devices? – Slate Magazine.

Which Way Privacy?

The Supreme Court asks whether the government can put a GPS device on your car without a warrant.

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Police Using Body-Mounted Video Cameras – NYTimes.com

Police Using Body-Mounted Video Cameras – NYTimes.com.

Video, a New Tool for the Police, Poses New Legal Issues, Too

When a man was fatally shot by a police officer on a street in Oakland, Calif., late last month, the shooting was captured by a video camera.

But the video was not taken by an alert pedestrian with an iPhone. It was recorded by a device clipped onto the police officer’s chest.

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The cameras, legal experts say, are the latest addition in a world where everyone is increasingly watching everyone else.

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The ubiquity of video in police encounters — some of it promptly uploaded onto YouTube — is creating new frontiers for judges and lawmakers, who must sort out the issues raised by the new technologies.

Courts in several states are considering cases where citizens who videotaped the police have been charged with violating wiretapping or eavesdropping statutes, prosecution that civil rights lawyers say violates First Amendment rights.

If body cameras are widely adopted by police departments — Vievu, the Seattle firm that sold Oakland its cameras, has supplied them to more than 1,100 police agencies across the country, according to Heidi Traverso, a company spokeswoman — privacy questions are likely to be added to the legal stew.

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Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims – NYTimes.com

Supreme Court to Rule on GPS Surveillance, Addressing ‘Big Brother’ Claims – NYTimes.com.

Court Case Asks if ‘Big Brother’ Is Spelled GPS

WASHINGTON — The precedent is novel. More precisely, the precedent is a novel.

In a series of rulings on the use of satellites and cellphones to track criminal suspects, judges around the country have been citing George Orwell’s “1984” to sound an alarm. They say the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from government invasion of privacy is in danger of being replaced by the futuristic surveillance state Orwell described.

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Big Brother in British schools?

A school in Doncaster is trying out a scheme to track students’ movement with RFID chips woven into their school uniforms, according to a report in the BBC online news service. And the scheme even provides for the pupils’ academic records to be stored on these chips.

Sounds definitely Orwellian, doesn’t it?

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