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‘In just a little while, we will be drowning in (medical) data’1

One of the reasons for this is the electronic patient record but there are also other reasons. We collect new data about the earth surface every minute/second. This is done via satellite images, but also via sensors measuring values of air pollutions, traffic flow, water quality etc. This means that in future we will know more about our patients and we will know more about the environment they are living in. We will have more individual data, more data about interactions of people (e.g. via social media), but also more data about the environment in which they live and work. If we can find a way to combine all this data and extract meaningful information from it, we can make big steps forward. But, our traditional ways of analyzing data may not be sufficient…..

What is the next step?

1Raghupathi, W. and V. Raghupathi (2014). “Big data analytics in healthcare: promise and potential.” Health Information Science and Systems 2(1): 1-10.

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