28 May '15, 3pm

Big Data Is Transforming Medicine

Illustration: Bryan Christie Design In his classic The Sweet Spot in Time , John Jerome detailed the pursuit of the athletic sweet spot, of excellent execution over time. How do superb athletes, or teams of athletes, achieve peak performance over and over again? To the study of the biomechanics of movement and the biochemical breakdown of glucose, we now add the study of big data. Major league baseball, to give one sports example, has relied on algorithmic data crunching to create models of the best possible combinations of players and field positions for more than a decade. Now baseball geeks can get jobs in team systems development, building the proprietary databases and machine learning software that supply the ingredients for the team’s secret playoff sauce. Professional sports was among the first “people” industries to embrace big data. In this issue, we describe how ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/big-data-...

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