“Big Data — the ability to collect, process and interpret massive amounts of information — is one of today’s most important technological drivers. While companies see it as a way of detecting weak market signals, one of the biggest potential areas of application for society is health care.
Historically, health care has been delivered by one doctor looking at one patient with only the information the doctor has at that time. But how much better if the doctor had access to information about thousands, or even tens of thousands, of people?”
Ben Rooney, Wall Street Journal, 19 January 2012