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Big Data in Oncology Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | May 4, 2016

data stethoscopeThis week in health care trends, our big data in oncology spotlight includes: the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report from the Department of Health and Human Services, and can big data be less like “Big Brother” and more like “Big Mother”?

2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy

This year’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report finds that in 2015 “access to health care has improved dramatically, led by sustained reductions in the number of Americans without health insurance and increases in the number of Americans with a usual source of medical care” and “quality of health care continues to improve, but wide variation exists” including “persistent” racial and socioeconomic disparities.

Less Big Brother, More Big Mother: Three Ways to Use Big Data to Enhance Customer Experience

This Forbes article attempts to answer the question, “How can you leverage Big Data in a way that’s to less creepy and more nurturing?” The answer, it argues, is to take a more relational, less controlling approach.

To Identify Patients for Care Management Interventions, Look Beyond Big Data

This article argues that, while big data can be critical to identifying high-risk patients, it also can “ tend to over-represent patients with transiently high costs due to a catastrophic event. And [it] may miss social and other factors that play important roles in shaping health outcomes.”

These Hospitals Make the Most Money off Patients — and They’re Mostly Nonprofits

A recent study of the top-profiting hospitals of 2013 found that “seven of the top 10 most profitable hospitals in the United States are nonprofit facilities that each netted more than $150 million from caring for patients in 2013.”

The articles above are from our dedicated Big Data in Oncology e-magazine. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)


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