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New Report - Big Data and Health: Revolutionizing Medicine and Public Health

Dec 2013.  New report on Big Data and Health released this week at World Innovation Summit for Health in DOHA.

Link to report:

Report of the Big Data and Health
Working Group 2013
Professor Alex Pentland,
Dr Todd G Reid, and
Dr Tracy Heibeck
Excerpt from Exectuive Summary....
"Everyday devices such as cell phones now provide us with an enormous stream
of data about human life and behavior. Combined with existing health data, the
behavioral data obtainable from these devices may greatly enhance opportunities to
predict long-term health conditions and identify non-traditional intervention points,
as well as to design better diagnostics tools, prevent diseases, and increase access to
– and reduce the costs of – healthcare. Significant application areas include: chronic
and infectious diseases, mental health, environmental health, nutrition, healthcare
cost and quality, accidents and injury, and social health. While there is enormous
promise, there are also dangers to be avoided, including the following: data privacy
and ownership issues, risks of misuse of personal data, and new scientific risks....."