The advantages and challenges of storing your medical information on the internet

Doctors in offices can communicate with their patients located in remote destinations. New forms of access and service will spawn a new generation of portable internet technology.  Large data is changing health care delivery for the better.  In certain small rural clinics, your blood pressure can be automatically entered into the network as it is being measured and your health chart is updated in real time. It is understood that CT scans and MRIs involve acquiring and processing large amounts of data to provide surgeons real time three dimensional data about organ deformation.  Arrays of electrodes implanted around the brain create large data sets for neurologists.  Small sample numbers and nonstationery behavior specific signals complicate the ability to develop statistical models. Nanoscale cell studies have added another level of complex challenges. Diseases in many cases may be linked to rare genetic variants, with a limited number of replications. DNA copy number variations and gene expression levels are based on analysis of large data sets. Traditional challenges in genomics and medical imaging have kept the medical informaticians busy. Now there is an added challenge of analyzing the inter-genomic regions, the parts of the genome which lies inbetween the genes and only recently recognized as playing a major role in cell organization.  For the mathematicians it has become increasingly important to gather those with interdisciplinary backgrounds to join research groups with exceptional contemporary importance or interests, suchas at the Institute for Mathematics and its applications. The health care challenges of the future calls for interdisciplinary action groups.

Health Analyses of the family using the internet

Health Analyses of the family using the internet

Large Data, medical information and Innovation
The advent of affordability of powerful computing, pervasive networking, and portable communication via smart phones and devices like the ipad, is making possible nomadic computing and communications. Policy makers and leaders are emphasizing their commitment to investment in the infrastructure of internet technology towards large data in medicine, by putting patients in charge of their own health, liberating health data, and promoting medical internet innvotion.  Dr. Atul Gawande, Professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, encourages new apps and technologies to use data while also making them more cost effective. Jonathan Bush, Co-founder of Athenahealth, wants more health data released by Health and Human Services (HHS).  Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of HHS, believes in unlocking data, and is optimistic that the health care delivery system and the market place are at a very exciting evolutionary juncture. The first ever Health Data Liberators Award was presented to Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Commissionar for Health, on June 04, 2013, at Health Datapalooza IV.

What will a smarter health care system look like? There has been a historic increase in electronic health records. How can every person be connected to high quality health care? Large health data is changing the economics of health care and at the cusp of transforming the nature of health care analsis and delivery. Check out the latest presentations and videos by the health data consortium in the future of health care delivery:

The Health Data Consortium is a collaboration among government, non-profit, and private sector organizations working to foster the availability and innovative use of data to create a health data ecosystem to improve health and health care. The Consortium advocates with data sources to promote best practices and information sharing, and works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and academia to help them understand how to use data to develop new products, services, apps, and research insights. We work to evangelize, connect, spark, and enable — to provide a space for all stakeholders to come together.

Brief History of the Internet
The internet is evolving to our interests with yet another generation of underlying network technologies. How will this evolution be managed? The number of stakeholders now include the government, institutional investors and the inventors. The history of the development of the internet has always included a core group of designers and developers but today, there is also a group of both economic and intellectual stakeholders who may direct any future evolution of the internet.  Investment in the internet can be successful. Large investments are needed for future growth strategies of network communication. What rationale will guide the form of the social structure of the internet of the future, especially in the role of preserving and analyzing large medical data?


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