The Promise of Data - Will this Bring a Revolution in Health Care?

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Mar 22, 2015
by Stuart Milne
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The Promise of Data - Will this Bring a Revolution in Health Care?

Global Health experts come to Salzburg to examine the hopes and fears surrounding the surge of "Big Data"

Over 60 health experts will arrive at Schloss Leopoldskron on Sunday, March 22, 2015 to explore how the rise of “Big Data” will change the future of health care both for individual patients and populations at large.

In collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, and in association with the Karolinska Insititutet, The Promise of Data: Will This Bring a Revolution in Health Care? will examine how the constantly increasing processing power and connectivity will impact health care delivery.

With an estimated 50 billion mobile devices connected to the cloud by 2020, it will be possible for health care providers to collect an unparalleled volume of patient data to allow health care to be individually tailored as never before—but at what risk to patients?

Despite the potentially huge advantages, the rise of Big Data brings significant concerns: Who will have access to data, and for what purposes? How can regulators ensure medical data is not used for competitive corporate gain, or even sold on Ebay? How can Big Data be used to benefit those in greatest need of a transformation in health care at the margins of society around the world?

These are some of the questions the international participants, from diverse geographical backgrounds such as the USA, UK, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Rwanda, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and New Zealand, will attempt to answer. The wide range of fields they represent include not only medicine and health care provision, but also bioinformatics, analytics, research science, medical futurism, the United Nations and the non-profit sector.

The Promise of Data is the eighth session in Salzburg Global’s “Health and Health Care Innovation in the 21st Century” series, which since 2010 has crystallized new approaches to solving health care challenges for present and future generations. Past sessions have focused on the innovation in health care delivery, improving health care in developing economies and new paradigms for behavioral and mental health.

This session will see a number of returning Health Fellows, including session chair Véronique Roger, director of Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery who previously participated in the December 2014 session New Paradigms for Behavioral and Mental Health Care, and multi-time Fellow and faculty member Al Mulley, head of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. For the fifth time, Rwanda’s Health Minister, Agnes Binagwaho will join the session via a live video-link. 

Over the course of the five days, through expert-led lectures, plenary discussions, “knowledge cafes” and working groups, Fellows will tackle topics from how the surge in health care data will impact both individual patients and populations at large, the constraints surrounding the interpretation of all this data, the privacy concerns surrounding data collection and utilization, to the use of health data as a means to providing more equitable health care. 


To read and join in with all the discussions in Salzburg, follow the hashtag #SGShealth on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The session The Promise of Data: Will This Bring a Revolution in Health Care? Is part of the Salzburg Global series “Health and Health Care Innovation in the 21st Century” and is being held in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, and in association with the Karolinska Insititutet.

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