Big Data and Dark Data for Health

July 18, 2014 3:26 PM

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Big Data and Dark Data for Health

There's a growing trend in health care for providers and payors to look beyond traditional medical claims at the data that captures what we're doing in our daily lives -- "for our own good." The objectives, they say: to provide better health care sooner so that we can prevent illness, avert downstream medical complications, and more medical spending.

To be sure, data are the lifeblood for research, which can benefit you and me and the people we love. The upsides of Big Data for health are many: amassing huge amounts of information from large numbers of individuals to conduct more effective clinical trials that lead to cures for sick people; help...

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