Big Data & Healthcare Report

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this big data and healthcare report is part of the Mass technology leadership council’s (Masstlc) work with the Mass technology collaborative’s eHealth institute in support of Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick’s ongoing initiatives to identify and exploit key economic and leadership opportunities for the commonwealth.

We engaged in this initiative to foster greater collaboration between sectors; to spotlight and enhance the leadership capacity of Massachusetts; to attract talent, investment, and new business; and to position our region at the forefront of the

Big Data revolution. We have employed a Delphi methodology to gather the leading minds within key industries to lend their expertise to help identify both short- and long-term opportunities.

Our work builds upon our 2012 report, Big Data and Analytics: A Major Market Opportunity for Massachusetts, and subsequent big data Delphi roundtable report, nding, among other themes, that leadership opportunities exist for Massachusetts

in capitalizing on its strengths and focusing on actionable business insights.

With this, we set out in 2013 to “bump” and connect the region’s big data thought leaders with those in other key strength areas, including healthcare, life sciences, and urban infrastructure.

We leveraged our four-decade legacy of data and technology leadership to explore some of the most vexing challenges and opportunities of our times.

Our Delphi process involved four steps: (1) interview thought leaders representing both big data and each of the target industries, (2) survey participants to identify areas of consensus as well as differences of opinion, (3) provide survey ndings back to the Delphi participants, and (4) explore the opportunities, barriers, and possible public/private interventions through an interactive roundtable.

On november 19, 2013, Masstlc, with the support of the Massachusetts eHealth institute (MeHi) at Masstech collaborative, convened a roundtable of big data and healthcare thought leaders from industry, academia, and government to identify and explore transformative healthcare initiatives that have already overcome data access constraints and are primed to leverage innovative data science tools and models.

We believe the reader will nd it instructive to read both the healthcare and life sciences reports together as there is increasing convergence between data sources produced and used in these industries and both reports touch on common themes of data quality, metadata, and access
to data.

Download the full report here.