The wave of making public data available continues as more countries adopt the model set by the US data.gov initiative – latest is the UK government’s data.gov.uk. Expectedly, it did not take long before sectors like transportation and law identified areas to apply the data sources and build apps.
And now it appears that “data openness” has hit health care – see this post and here come the healthcare apps. With infrastructures like Healthvault and Google Health in place, one can expect the uptake to be faster and deeper. Solutions to meet privacy concerns still remain to be established globally, but I believe that once the utility of the service increases, so will security and privacy. Looks like the bottom-up consumer-centric apps design I had hoped are on the horizon. Time will tell….
In the meantime, check this site