How patients can turn their medical data into money

When Mr John Silberlicht goes walking, he is never alone. As he tramps around rural Connecticut, following doctors' advice to exercise after undergoing his fourth cardiac surgery in January, he wears a Fitbit that registers every step he takes and every beat of his reinvigorated heart.

The information is not simply a source of personal reassurance that his recovery is on track; it is also a trove for medical researchers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2019, with the headline 'How patients can turn their medical data into money'. Print Edition | Subscribe