Big Data Is Making You Healthier

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Healthy Red Tomatoes with Water Dropsby Angela Guess

James O’Brien of Mashable recently wrote, “[B]ig data is changing the scale and scope of how doctors care for patients and how caregivers and insurance companies address community-wide health issues. Consider the statistics already in play. A recent McKinsey & Company report traced the expansion of computer-based information systems, and the electronic medical records they create, in both the physician’s office and the hospital. (1) More than 50% of doctor’s offices now handle patient records electronically. (2) Nearly 75% of hospitals do so as well. (3) 45% of hospitals exchange the data they gather with each other on a local and regional level.”

O’Brien continues, “And it’s not just clinical data that’s being accumulated and shared. Claims, costs, R&D, patient behavior and sentiment are becoming increasingly quantified and analyzed within the medical community. What’s coming out of these efforts? Based on the patterns that analysts discover, strategies and approaches to getting people well, faster — and preventing them from getting sick in the first place — are changing as the algorithms churn.”

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