The NIH wants 1 million Americans to hand over their heath care data

Sam Matthews

Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make the world turn. Today we’re looking at an ambitious plan from the National Institutes for Health that could radically change the way we treat disease. The NIH is calling for 1 million Americans to join the “All of Us” research program and share their health care data and other information for 10 years—or potentially longer. The program aims to include subjects from a wide variety of backgrounds who are historically overlooked in scientific research, with the goal of better understanding the effects of medicine over time, among other potential benefits. The NIH hopes that the study will help doctors, drug manufacturers, and health care providers make more informed decisions when treating patients on the individual level. Would you join?