The “linchpin” for effectively using big data to customize individual care and to personalize medicine--while finding cures faster and at lower costs--is accurate information, according to Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

“We want to make sure the information is accurate, reliable and meaningful because--if not--doctors and patients make the wrong decisions,” said Shuren at a June 24 roundtable on 21st Century Cures held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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