New publication!

Our new article has been accepted in Lancet Digital Health:

Näher AF, Vorisek CN, Klopfenstein SAI, Lehne M, Thun S, Alsalamah S, Pujari S, Heider D, Ahrens W, Pigeot I, Marckmann G, Jenny MA, Renard BY, von Kleist M, Wieler LH, Balzer F, Grabenhenrich L. Secondary data for global health digitalisation. Lancet Digital Health 2023, 5(2):e93-e101. (Link)


Substantial opportunities for global health intelligence and research arise from the combined and optimised use of secondary data within data ecosystems. Secondary data are information being used for purposes other than those intended when they were collected. These data can be gathered from sources on the verge of widespread use such as the internet, wearables, mobile phone apps, electronic health records, or genome sequencing. To utilise their full potential, we offer guidance by outlining available sources and approaches for the processing of secondary data. Furthermore, in addition to indicators for the regulatory and ethical evaluation of strategies for the best use of secondary data, we also propose criteria for assessing reusability. This overview supports more precise and effective policy decision making leading to earlier detection and better prevention of emerging health threats than is currently the case.

Written by: Dominik Heider