Joseph Kvedar, MD, director of Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the growing amount of patient-generated health data and how that can be turned into a decision-making tool for clinicians. As the number of people who utilize "patient-facing connected technology" grows (activity trackers, monitors, and other personal health and wellness devices), clinicians have a unique opportunity to learn more about their patients than they did in the past, when a patient would share what he or she was feeling and their medical histories at an appointment.

As the industry of connected health and regulations around it develop, it's also possible that the data generated from personal health and wellness devices becomes a part of a patient's electronic health record.

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