For the past eight years, Solano County, California, has been pioneering data sharing for the purpose of increasing population health, under the leadership of the county public health director. Ground-level data sharing agreements have allowed increasing levels of aggregation encompassing health providers, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit companies as well as state and federal agencies. Practical agreements have been struck, revised, and refined.
The experience, along with that of similar projects at the World Bank, is now being applied in ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations), which has a population of over 650 million and an average age of 29 years. Current initiatives on data sharing in ASEAN are being facilitated by the World Economic Forum (WEF). A recommendation from the recent WEF ASEAN conference in Hanoi was to develop basic common principles and apply them in pilots in two general areas of shared ASEAN interest—for example, weather and agriculture. In parallel, stakeholder and policymaker discussions would begin, with the goal of shaping the data sharing policy framework to be developed.
Mei Fung shares stories of barriers and breakthroughs as trust and understanding increased, along with insights on current approaches to evolving data sharing policies and agreements.
Mei Lin Fung is a technology pioneer working to ensure that technology works for humanity as the next 3.9 billion people come online. In 1989, she was part of the two-person skunkworks team that developed OASIS, the first customer relationship management (CRM) system. She later served as sociotechnical lead for the US Department of Defense’s Federal Health Futures initiative. In 2015, she joined “father of the internet” Vint Cerf to cofound the People-Centered Internet, which maintains a global network of “positive change agents” committed to ensuring that technology is developed with a people-centered focus—increasing access while ensuring equality, protecting the vulnerable, and prioritizing human well-being. She serves on the World Economic Forum Steering committee for Internet for All. She chairs the Industry Connections Social Impact Measurement Pre-standards working group for the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and is liaison to the Standards Association for the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee. She is founder and unit coordinator of the California Health Medical Reserve Corps.
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