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Data Divination: Big Data Strategies by Pam Baker

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CHAPTER 13USE CASES IN HEALTHCARE

One of the best uses for big data in terms of potential benefit for humanity is in healthcare and the medical sciences. After all, huge quantities of data have existed in this sector for quite some time. Further, these are already data-driven industries, albeit in a highly siloed and splintered fashion. It would appear that pooling data and analyzing disparate data sets for additional insights would be the next logical step. And indeed it is. It’s obvious to all in this sector that medical advancements and better patient outcomes could rapidly result from such efforts.

Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. For one thing, many of the industry players are highly competitive and their information is frequently ...

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