Data silos holding back healthcare breakthroughs, outcomes

A health data divide between clinicians and data scientists is wasting precious medical research and healthcare resources, hampering innovation and resulting in poorer outcomes than would otherwise be achievable. That’s the conclusion of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Critical Data group, an affiliation of research labs at MIT focused specifically on data that has a critical impact on human health. As the use of IT and data grows within healthcare, the researchers suggest that data science should be included in the core curriculum during medical school and residency training. Despite the digitization of healthcare and abundance of health data from disparate sources including EHRs, mobile devices and wearables, they say the fundamental quality, safety and cost challenges of providing care have not been resolved and that better use…


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