Big Data in Biomedical Research
Every major scientific and technological revolution in history has been driven by one thing: data. Today, the availability of Big Data from a wide variety of sources is transforming health and biomedical research into an information science, where discovery is fueled by our ability to effectively collect, manage, analyze, and interpret data, and where Improving outcomes and controlling cost require effective use of available information. Realizing Big Data’s full potential will require that we develop new analytical methods to address a number of fundamental issues. It demands that we create new ways of integrating, comparing, and synthesizing information. And it mandates we communicate want we learn in an intuitive and useful fashion to a variety of “consumers,” each of whom has unique needs for data access. If we are successful, we have the opportunity to both dramatically improve our understanding of human disease and to implement protocols that will ultimately help to improvecontain costs. Using concrete examples from our work, I will present some vignettes that highlight the challenges and opportunities that present themselves in today’s data rich environment in health care and biomedical research.