Big data – which the CLAHRC WM Director takes to be large datasets (terabytes or more) that have been collected from more than one source – have great potential use in health improvement according to a recent article. However, the article provides few examples, and those that are mentioned are parochial, relating how an individual hospital improved performance on the basis of local audit. Hardly big data. A better example would come from improvements in diabetes care in Scotland based on the National data-linkage system. The CLAHRC WM Director suspects there are many others and asks readers to send examples.
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
- Wyber R, Vaillancourt S, Perry W, Mannava P, Folaranmi T, Celi LA. Big data in global health: improving health in low- and middle-income countries. Bull World Health Organ. 2015; 93(3): 203-8.
- Cunningham S, McAlpine R, Leese R, et al. Using web technology to support population-based diabetes care. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2011; 5(3): 523-34.