Chapter Six. Connecting Medicine

 

With massive databases of real-world responses to things where we do not at first envision a mechanism, we findA0a pattern in the data that implies a mechanism and then work backward to discover it...Scientific inquiry in medicine is being fundamentally changed by the availability of large and ubiquitous data sources.

 
 --Dr. Thrall, chief of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital

Introduction

The medical, health-care, and life-sciences industries are experiencing data growth and now connectivity at phenomenal levels, a circumstance that promises solutions for some of our most worrisome problems. From cancer cures to better infant disease prevention to improvements in service and quality of care, the lifeblood ...

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