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Could big data analytics help contain Ebola's spread?
BBC | October 15, 2014
A growing number of data scientists believe big data analytics could help contain the spread of Ebola. They suggest data gleaned from social media, travel ports, and mobile phones, which are widely owned in even the poorest countries in Africa, can help track population movements and help health...
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NIH invests $32 million in new big data initiative
By Darius Tahir | October 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday grants of $32 million in fiscal 2014 to 12 new centers created to work on surmounting healthcare research challenges in working with increasingly complex biomedical data sets.
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Big data, meet big money: NIH funds centers to crunch health data
Los Angeles Times | October 10, 2014
Calling the world's wealth of health data a formidable "engine of discovery," the National Institutes of Health on Thursday awarded $32 million in grants in a bid to make huge biomedical data sets accessible to researchers the world over.
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Hedge funds listen in on patient chats for pharma bets
Bloomberg | October 02, 2014
On the Internet, people talk about everything, even their illnesses. Now, Wall Street is listening. In the data age, a handful of companies are packaging conversations on Facebook, Twitter and online patient forums to sell to drugmakers, insurers and hospitals eager to understand how people manage...
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Pace of digital health funding slows in Q3
Darius Tahir | October 01, 2014
About $700 million in venture funding flowed into the digital health sector during the third quarter, a report from prominent digital health accelerator Rock Health found. That represents a decline in the pace of growth in funding.
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Systems serving low-income patients struggle under readmissions penalties
Sabriya Rice | September 30, 2014
Hospitals with limited resources continue to struggle as they try to implement programs that drive down readmission rates, and federal penalties could potentially make matters worse, write the authors of a report published in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
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To gather drug data, a health startup turns to consumers
New York Times | September 24, 2014
Iodine, an online service for tailored drug-taking information and advice being introduced Wednesday at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco, is charting new territory with its ambitious use of Google Consumer Surveys as a research tool. With 100,000 surveys completed and more added daily,...
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Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work
Reuters | September 15, 2014
Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice.
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Can big data and patient-informed consent coexist?
Politico.com | September 05, 2014
A research network funded with millions by the Affordable Care Act will begin conducting vast studies next year to compare standard medical treatments. But what about the 100 million patients in the network — do they have a choice in the matter?
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White House appoints new CTO, deputy
Darius Tahir | September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The White House named former Google executive Megan Smith as its new chief technology officer to succeed Athenahealth co-founder and HHS veteran Todd Park, who is credited with helping rescue HealthCare.gov.
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