Big Data and Population Health Focusing on the Health Impacts of the Social, Physical, and Economic Environment
Howard Hu, Sandro Galea, Laura Rosella, David Henry
EPIDEMIOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2017
We are at the dawn of a data deluge in health that carries extraordinary promise for improving the health of populations. However, current associated efforts, which generally center on the 'precision medicine' agenda, may well fall short in terms of its overall impact. The main challenges, it is argued, are less technical than the following: (1) identifying the data that matter most; (2) ensuring that we make better use of existing data; and (3) extending our efforts from the individual to the population by exploiting new, complex, and sometimes unstructured, data sources. Advances in Epidemiology have shown that policies, features of institutions, characteristics of communities, living and ..View full abstract
This commentary was sponsored by the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).