If you had such a system, learning and hypothesis testing in medicine would
accelerate tremendously! Some examples: You could do quality of care of
outcome metrics on all procedures over time and ID best practices; You
could quickly look for interesting correlations between infected patents to
ID causes of medical conditions or at least correlations; You could
datamine all reported illnesses against all unusual gene sequences; You
could correlate activity, demographics, diet with outcomes and ID best
practices; Etc, Etc, Etc. You would see an amazing acceleration of
learning, quality of care, patent specific therapies, …
Unfortunately on the receiving side of all these extremely private data are entities that, at least in some parts of the world, don’t have the best reputation and are very focused on their own profit.
Original title and link: What can Big Data mean to healthcare?