Why free data should be an essential part of health care

While ensuring health care for all is a noble goal, far too little attention is given to preventing the chronic diseases, asthma, obesity, cancer, heart disease, and depression. Indeed the management of these diseases comprises 86 percent of all health care costs. Moreover, half of all healthcare spending goes to just 5 percent of all Americans who suffer from one or more of these diseases. An article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information observes that the growth of chronic disease is linked to convergence of an aging population with the persistence of several risk factors, including physical inactivity, use of tobacco and alcohol, high blood pressure and cholesterol, stress, depression, and being overweight and obese.