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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 9

Cyberhealth/Technohealth

Realities, Fantasies, and Myths

WHATEVER PREDICTIVE HEALTH becomes, one thing is for sure: It will be dense with data—data that must be collected, stored, maintained, updated, communicated, and secured. The magnitude of the job is enormous. Just storing, maintaining, and protecting data in accessible forms are challenging enough tasks, but even more overwhelming, at least to the human brain, is assimilating all those data, converting them into information, understanding. Someone estimated that the best of human brains can only handle about seven things at a time. Making accurate health predictions will require placing an individual’s data in the context of entire populations, which means dealing with thousands ...

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