Iceland has become the first country in the world to give its citizens full control over their medical records – with financial data next on the list. MEF Minute examines this landmark launch, and what it means for the personal data economy movement…
It’s fair to say Iceland is a country that punches above its weight.
Nine years ago the chilly island of 330,000 people played a central role in the collapse of the global banking system.
Last year, at the Euro 2016 football tournament, it knocked out England (which invented the game, and is home to 53 million people).
Just a few weeks ago, the Startup Iceland conference revealed an initiative to give every Icelander a digital copy of his or her health data.
It can do this because Iceland is the only country in the world with a patient-facing API for accessing this information.
Having the API s a start. But to make this data …