patient generated health dataPatient Generated Health Data. Or, PGHD. We will be hearing more and more about this in the coming years.

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC),  “Patient-generated health data (PGHD) are health-related data created, recorded, or gathered by or from patients (or family members or other caregivers) to help address a health concern”. PGHD can be comprised of a number of things – reporting of symptoms, lifestyle, etc. But the salient aspect for medical device design is biometric data being captured by fitness trackers and similar products.

Some of the most important issues surrounding this data are those of patient privacy and data accuracy and relevance. The ONC is developing a policy framework that identifies best practices and challenge opportunities. The ONC will also conduct pilot studies to test PGHD implementations.

PGHD could become the foundation on which future medical devices are built.