Breakthroughs, December 2014
The December 2014 issue of the Feinberg School of Medicine Research Office newsletter, Breakthroughs, is now available for download. Read article.
How Big Data Is Impacting Health Care
Big Data is a term we hear often in research and patient care, but what does it really mean and how is it being used? Experts in the field including NUCATS Deputy Director, Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, associate professor of Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics Division, provide insight on Big Data in the article “How Massive Amounts of Information Are Impacting Health Care” by Howard Wolinsky published by the Chicago Medical Society. The article explores the challenges of defining Big Data, how it’s being used to look at genetic components in common diseases, the speed of it and its impact on physicians. The article also mentions Northwestern’s role in the eMERGE project which involves combining Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) with genomic data to develop new research and patient care methods. Read article.
Crossing the Omic Chasm
Even as physicians across the nation transition to electronic health records, commonly known as EHRs, these data systems are not sophisticated enough to handle or store the amount of electronic information created by currently available medical technology, argue the authors of a new viewpoint published online in JAMA - The Journal of the Americal Medical Association. Read more or go directly to the article.