Seizures and Mosquitoes: The Rewards of Working Smarter With Data Science

Big Data has been defined as the oil of the 21st century. Just as crude oil must be refined into gasoline to power our cars, the large, complex data sets big data comprise aren’t much use until they’re honed into actionable insights. Data science deploys a range of tools — from crowdsourcing to visualization — to capitalize on the promise of big data. Until recently, the U.S. health care system has been less than immersed in the big data revolution. What drives most providers are issues of compliance or the avoidance of financial penalties, such as those associated with readmission. But the landscape is changing. Instead of looking at a population of diabetics and asking retrospective questions, such as “What percentage required hospitalization? For how long?,” big data can help…


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