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Big Data provides us an opportunity to transition to a personal care system

Right now, our population-based health care system leads us to draw conclusions for patients based on what we know of others and how we care for them. But Big Data provides us an opportunity to transition to a personal care system. Rather than making assumptions based on what has worked for other people, this personal view would allow us to take data about a patient’s genomes, medical history and behaviors to construct a virtual model that would help predict which treatments will be most effective and customize them to an individual — improving quality of life for the patient and saving the delivery system money.

But how do we scale a data-driven, personal health system so access is afforded to everyone? One of the most important aspects is care coordination — ensuring your team of health care providers communicates regularly, has access to the same information and can make informed care decisions based on complete sets of data across medical disciplines. Data standardization is a crucial component to coordinated care. It allows us to ensure that data sets held by doctors, hospitals and health plans are consistent and can be shared efficiently.

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