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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/20/2011

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By Ezra Klein

Visualizing the explosion in medical data:

By Ezra Klein  | January 20, 2011; 12:22 PM ET
 
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This is not a major challenge in healthcare information.

These are pretty standard technical challenges to making the toys in healthcare work better. Historically, these are the problems we have been VERY good at solving--there's major money behind making these improvements, quantifying them, and marketing them. I mean, it's cool, but it's low marginal return stuff.

The large data sets we need to manipulate are long-term longitudinal ones. We have taken almost no advantage of capabilities to collect, analyze, track, or use data like "how many CT scans has this person had in their life, and will we be giving them cancer if we give them another one simply because we allow bureaucratic inefficiencies that prevent us from getting access to the CT scan they got a few weeks ago?"

Ironically, the real explosion in medical data is the stuff we're not even looking at.

Posted by: theorajones1 | January 20, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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