The New Health Craze: Data!

April 7, 2015

The New Health Craze: Data!

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The world is awash with new health technologies – Fit Bits, iPhone apps, nutrition trackers, heart rate monitors. Even healthcare, one of the most slow-moving, risk-averse sectors, is starting to see the potential of using data to improve outcomes.

According to Adler-Milstein, doing things the old-fashioned way has its drawbacks, because humans produce more inconsistencies than computers. “If you were given a room filled with paper records, it would painstaking and error-prone to try to understand anything about the care of individual patients or populations of patients,” she said.

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