Big Data Remains Untapped Resource for Healthcare

The enormous amount of DNA sequencing, biomedical imaging, electronic health records and other data generated by researchers and clinicians holds great promise for healthcare. However, gaining access to this mountain of data and making sense of it remains an elusive goal.

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We need a unique patient identifier to maximize big data benefits and since cloaked, probabilistic methods -with their built in error rates- try to attain that goal the sooner a true unique identifier is implemented the better.

Unfortunately, I observe that discussions currently taking place around the country identify researchers, government agencies and big business as the beneficiaries of big data implementation in the health care industry. No one overtly expounds the big data benefits that will accrue to individual patients in our society and until the general populace understands those personal benefits and their risks implementation of big data will remain a largely underutilized health care resource. It is incumbent on our public leaders to address the general populace and to make the case, pro and con, for big data implementation in health care. Nothing significant will happen until that is accomplished.
Posted by Walt B | Wednesday, May 28 2014 at 12:08PM ET
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