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Vital Signs
Big data helps unlock rare disease's secret, but cost could remain issue
By Darius Tahir | July 21, 2014
Seth Mnookin has received a lot of attention, and justly so, for his article in this week's New Yorker on rare genetic diseases. The piece is an illustration of effects, some good, some not so good, that digital health will have on healthcare.
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Information
Big data peeps at your medical records to find drug problems
By NPR | July 21, 2014
No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems—just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen...
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Magazine
Better rules needed to boost use of big data
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It's easy to get swept up in the swelling enthusiasm for using the explosion in electronic health and claims records to improve every aspect of healthcare. But the era of “big data” isn't going to happen without better federal rules for stimulating its uses and preventing abuses.
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Information
WellPoint CEO: Insurer readies for technology wave
By Associated Press | July 10, 2014
WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish says that when people ask what a doctor's appointment will be like in the future, they assume that patients will physically have to visit an office. They're wrong, the insurance executive says.
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Vital Signs
To improve quality, value of patient data, get them involved, study says
By Joseph Conn | July 09, 2014
The key to the future use of patient-generated data is focusing on data that patients want to produce, own and use and making it easy for them to produce it.
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Vital Signs
Report looks at what drives healthcare analytics
By Joseph Conn | July 08, 2014
The big hope for proponents of computer-enabled predictive analytics in healthcare is to one day see it in widespread use, at the point of care, in actionable form, to aid in real-time clinical decisionmaking.
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News
Big bucks are driving big data
July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “When it comes to clinical-decision software, what does autonomy mean?”: The current rage for building, selling and using “bedside analytics” and big-data technologies is all about financial gain for investors and corporations, it is not about the best interests of...
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Vital Signs
Venture capital is pouring into digital health
By Darius Tahir | June 30, 2014
A midyear report from prominent healthcare startup accelerator Rock Health provides numbers to confirm the anecdotal impression: Digital health is the perhaps the hottest category to fund for venture capitalists.
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Information
State health data could help Vt. consumers compare prices
By Vermont Public Radio | June 26, 2014
Vermont's auditor wants the state to develop a database that will allow consumers to compare prices charged by hospitals and doctors. Over the last seven years, a program known as the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System has compiled a database of virtually all healthcare...
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Information
Your doc knows you're killing yourself. The data brokers told her
By Bloomberg | June 26, 2014
You may soon get a call from your doctor if you've let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores. That's because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data gleaned from data brokers to create...
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