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Big Data Could Mean Big Problems for People’s Health Care Privacy

October 12, 2016

(Los Angeles Times) – It’s the most prominent example of how public and private insurers are spending millions of dollars on “big data”  — using advanced technology to predict people’s future healthcare needs based on their interactions with doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, as well as information gleaned from other sources, such as social media. Such systems, known as predictive analytics, aim to make healthcare more efficient and effective by opening the door to addressing medical issues before they become serious problems.

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