Harnessing Big Data to Improve Healthcare

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One of the top ten medical breakthroughs expected in 2012 is Harnessing Big Data to Improve Healthcare.

As Trustee of the Board at X PRIZE Foundation, I am focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. With so much data in the world of cyberspace, it only makes sense that we begin to innovate and make use of it in the medical field.

That’s why I jump-started Digital Doctor, an incentive-based prize challenge that will improve access to better healthcare through artificial intelligence. The idea is to get Digital Doctor medical diagnosis technology on an Android tablet in places where there is no medical care. It could be used by someone to diagnose the most-common diseases. It could impact billions of lives and allow people to build a business around the diagnosing ailments in remote areas.

If we apply entrepreneurship to the medical field, the opportunities and benefits are endless. We can mine medical data to curb medical mistakes, decrease unnecessary treatments, lower healthcare costs and bring treatment to the poorest in world who don’t have proper access to healthcare.

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