Health Newsletter

JULY 2014

Have you heard of “big data”? It’s a term used to describe the collection and analysis of massive amounts of information, including data gathered from various networks, devices, and the Internet. With increasing amounts of information now accessible, many see potential for big data to boost healthcare quality while lowering costs. In fact, 95 percent of healthcare CEOs, more than in any other industry, are currently exploring better ways of using and managing big data.

 

The scope of available healthcare data has expanded rapidly. Data can now be gathered from electronic medical records, digitized X-rays and other images, medical devices including wireless and wearable devices such as Fitbit, and even social media. As patients, we can benefit when predictive models using big data better inform our diagnoses, predict which treatments and medical regiments work best with our unique genetic traits, nudge us when we should make more healthful choices, and enhance our patient experience. Click here to continue reading…

 

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