Data and Health

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Big data uses in healthcare range from our electronic health records to our phones recording the number of steps we take each day. All of this data can actually be used to keep us healthier. Data scientists, medical providers, and individuals can use this data to make more accurate diagnoses, to develop of precision medicine, and to lower healthcare costs. Big data has also played a part in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The storage and use of our personal health data obviously raise many concerns. Some of those concerns include the privacy and security of our personal health information, and the biases that can be built into the models that use this data.


Show Me The Data This TED Talk by Nobel Conference speaker Talithia William explains how our personal data can make us more confident about our decisions.

Is this the future of health? This 5 minute video from The Economist outlines the potential benefits of big data in healthcare.

Artificial Intelligence, Health Disparities, and Covid-19 This article from UNDARK suggests that biased algorithms worsened Covid-19’s toll on Black Americans.

Bissan Al-Lazikani was a 2020 Nobel Conference speaker. She is head of data science, computational biology and chemogenomics at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. She explained how big data is changing cancer research on ScienceWise, the Nobel Conference podcast and in her Nobel Conference lecture .