New Report – Big Data and Health: Revolutionizing Medicine and Public Health

Dec 2013.  New report on Big Data and Health released this week at World Innovation Summit for Health in DOHA.

Link to report:

Report of the Big Data and Health

Working Group 2013

Professor Alex Pentland,

Dr Todd G Reid, and

Dr Tracy Heibeck

Excerpt from Exectuive Summary….

“Everyday devices such as cell phones now provide us with an enormous stream

of data about human life and behavior. Combined with existing health data, the

behavioral data obtainable from these devices may greatly enhance opportunities to

predict long-term health conditions and identify non-traditional intervention points,

as well as to design better diagnostics tools, prevent diseases, and increase access to

– and reduce the costs of – healthcare. Significant application areas include: chronic

and infectious diseases, mental health, environmental health, nutrition, healthcare

cost and quality, accidents and injury, and social health. While there is enormous

promise, there are also dangers to be avoided, including the following: data privacy

and ownership issues, risks of misuse of personal data, and new scientific risks…..”