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Healthcare and data

At the Digital Health Days in Stockholm last week, the selected themes were mobile solutions, gamification, big data and quantified self. This meant that the meeting was quite diverse, and that the talks were a bit superficial in order not to lose the audience. Still, I think it was quite nice overall, and I hope for more focused follow-up meetings that explore more defined areas in depth.

In the workshop/panel discussion on “big data in healthcare and life sciences”, we had a good discussion where the grand visions of data enabled health solutions collided with the miserable realities of healthcare IT in Sweden. Apparently there are around a thousand different data silos in Stockholm for electronic medical records and the like distributed across around 1,500 care providers, and these systems cannot communicate with each other. A single hospital, the Karolinska University Hospital, has 273 systems, and a patient might have data in 20 of those systems!

Kairos Future, a consultancy specializing in strategic future analysis (or something like that) recently released a free report called The Data Explosion and the Future of Health. I think it’s well worth a read (although I have some minor quibbles with some of the points made) and more realistic than the McKinsey big data reports in that it shows more awareness of difficulties and possible risks.

I also met a representative of a new company for our list of big data companies in Sweden: Malmö and San Francisco based Experlytics, which wants to “help revolutionize medicine by making accurate predictions, finding cures to intractable diseases, optimize drug administration and increase the general knowledge in medicine” and “… believe the vision will be achieved by the utilization of data capture and artificial intelligence technologies.”

 

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