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Nextcloud offers users German govt-approved healthcare app

Nextcloud offers users German govt-approved healthcare app Image by raman bhardwaj from Pixabay

Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has teamed up with Kailona, a healthcare app funded by the German Government, to provide a counter-model to apps that sell users' data.

A statement from Nextcloud said Kailona was the first to offer the health and lifestyle data storage alternative and puts people in control over data sharing.

"As EU healthcare providers adapt to new technologies and government requirements, a wave of new apps offer to store healthcare data though business models aimed at monetising the data by, or with, insurance and pharmaceutical companies," the company said.

"Kailona provides open source health information technology to protect people from data exploitation, give them control over their health and lifestyle data, and improve the health of individuals and societies."

The app is already being used by tens of thousands in Europe and Asia through the Nextcloud Simple Signup program, with four major providers offering users free access to an account with the app available.

Users can utilise the data to gain insights about their own health and securely share portions of their health data with others, including family and friends, researchers (in an anonymous fashion) or healthcare providers.

Nextcloud chief executive Frank Karlitschek said: "Healthcare data is the most valuable, private and most abused kind of information and the vast majority of people has neither the means nor knowledge to protect their privacy or use the data in a productive way.

"The Kailona app is revolutionary in that it massively lowers the barrier and allows normal humans to not only control access to their data, but visualise, augment and benefit from it themselves."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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