Data Alone Can’t Make Health Improvements Happen

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Thu, Nov 14, 2019

The data changing hands in the new data-driven healthcare partnership between Google and St. Louis-based health system Ascension runs the gamut from patient names and birth dates to lab results and previous hospitalizations. The duo may have its sights set on using this information to personalize care and lower costs, but data privacy alarms are going off everywhere, raising questions about who really owns patient medical records and whether the benefits of sharing patient data outweigh the risks to the patient/consumer.


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The Evolving Data Landscape Will Transform Healthcare. Here Are Four Trends to Watch.

Posted by Paul Darling on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Oladele Ojo co-wrote this blog post with Paul Darling. 

The healthcare system generates approximately a zettabyte (a trillion gigabytes) of data each year, which includes both classic data from sources such as EHRs, diagnostics and genetics, as well as newer data sources such as gut biome sensors, wearable devices and environmental monitors, and social media. Consequently, it’s now possible to quantify a person across three dimensions of human existence: biological, environmental and digital/social.


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