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Bump tracker: Nine months of big data
By The Atlantic | August 13, 2014
An expectant mother's data is worth 15 times that of the average person's. Merchants know that a new baby means serious purchasing. To take advantage of this, data brokers are inventing new computational techniques to zero in on this lucrative group.
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U.S. bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced
By Associated Press | August 11, 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.
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Predictive analytics do more than dodge readmission penalties
By Joseph Conn | August 08, 2014
Predictive analytics systems predate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. But there's always been a shortage of cash to incentivize the data exchange needed to allow such systems to grow and increase their capabilities in healthcare.
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Reform Update: Exchanges need better tech or better info on narrow networks, experts say
By Darius Tahir | August 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Experts and consumer advocates have faulted the Obamacare insurance exchanges for not providing clear, accurate and up-to-date information to consumers about which providers are in the health plans offered on the exchanges. Experts say in the future, exchanges will have better technological tools...
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VA puts the 'big' in big data predictive analytics
By Joseph Conn | August 05, 2014
In looking for examples of real-time predictive analytics using big data, I was forewarned by physician informaticist Dr. William Bria that I shouldn't expect too much.
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Reform Update: PCORI under fire as it prepares to accept new proposals
By Sabriya Rice | August 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With the government's comparative-effectiveness research grant machine finally in full operation, critics are beginning to question whether the program still has the capacity to promote significant change.
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Portland pediatricians tap big data to keep kids healthy
By Portland Business Journal | July 31, 2014
Portland pediatricians are gaining a new online tool that to help them better track the health of their young patients. The Children's Health Alliance, an association of independent pediatricians in Oregon and Southwest Washington, launched the childhood population health management tool to keep...
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Google's Baseline project could have big implications
By Darius Tahir | July 28, 2014
Google's latest healthcare research project, announced Friday, is so ambitious that even failure might represent an advancement over the status quo.
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Is Capitol Hill leaning toward relaxing healthcare privacy regs?
By Darius Tahir | July 25, 2014
Capitol Hill's recent focus on digital health has seen bands of witnesses testifying about what policies might enable more innovation in the sector. A significant number of those witnesses agree: Rethinking healthcare policy rules is one potential target.
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Google's new moonshot project: The human body
By Wall Street Journal | July 25, 2014
Google has embarked on what may be its most ambitious science project ever: a quest inside the human body. Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular data from 175 people—and later thousands more—and use Google's massive computing power to find...
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