Big Data: Will It Work in Healthcare?

I was recently struck by two news headlines that hit my email inbox on the same day: “Most Doctors Don’t Meet U.S. Push for Electronic Records” and “Sebelius touts new emphasis on healthcare data“. Do you see the problem here? If we really want to leverage “big data” to improve health care, we need physicians and health care institutions to embrace electronic medical records.  But the transition to EMRs is often quite painful for clinicians, and the payoff is often not obvious, imminent or easy to imagine. Fingers crossed we will improve this situation soon.

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