29 May '15, 2am

Q&A: In the Quest for Personalized Medicine, Beware the Data Deluge, says Theresa MacPhail

Q&A: In the Quest for Personalized Medicine, Beware the Data Deluge, says Theresa MacPhail

One person, properly motivated and equipped, can generate terabytes of personal data . While all that fine-grained information could prove invaluable, it also threatens to overwhelm the health care system. Medical anthropologist Theresa MacPhail of Stevens Institute of Technology spent several months during the H1N1 flu pandemic observing researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they struggled to make sense of all that big data. IEEE Spectrum: What did you see at the CDC on a typical day? Theresa MacPhail: During the first wave of the pandemic, the analysts were getting 1,000 to 1,200 e-mails a day—spreadsheets, lab reports, surveillance alerts, direct answers to their own questions. They had multiple conference calls and at least two or three in-person meetings every day. It was intense. As you recount in your book The Viral Network , your ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/qa-in-the...

Tweets

Big Data Is Transforming Medicine

spectrum.ieee.org 28 May '15, 3pm

Illustration: Bryan Christie Design In his classic The Sweet Spot in Time , John Jerome detailed the pursuit of the athlet...

Q&A: Should I ask for my money back if I don't ...

cntraveller.com 30 May '15, 11am

As a tour operator specialising in Africa I'm in a similar boat to Giles; not quite 'bored with the Big 5' but certainly a...

Q&A: We Must Protect Bionic Bodies From Hacking, Says Kevin Fu

Q&A: We Must Protect Bionic Bodies From Hacking...

spectrum.ieee.org 29 May '15, 7pm

As patients welcome neurostimulators, medical microbots, and other hardware into their bodies, they’re welcoming potential...

#BigData Is Transforming (#Sports &) #Medicine,...

spectrum.ieee.org 30 May '15, 12pm

Illustration: Bryan Christie Design In his classic The Sweet Spot in Time , John Jerome detailed the pursuit of the athlet...