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Why Big Data Won't Cure Us


DOI: 10.1089/big.2013.0029

Neff, Gina. “Why Big Data Won't Cure Us.” Big Data 1.3 (2013): 117–123. Web.

p.120: "Health and wellness data design involves choices that have enormous implications for social justice, power, and autonomy, as well as for control over both the risks and benefits of the data." -- Highlighted mar 5, 2014

p.121: "Policy makers, advocates, and technical designers alike must remember that the solutions for the problems helath information innovation are as much social as they are technical." -- Highlighted mar 5, 2014

p.121: If the conversation in health technology innovation does not address the questions of data for whom, when, and why, then it will be a failure of social justice and an abuse of the trust that people have placed in the institutions of health care. -- Highlighted mar 5, 2014

p.122: Policy that embraces technological innovation (but is not besotted by it): Disruption only goes so far as a roadmap for change. The policy conversations that begin with the requirements for electronic health records and health information exchange standards will help frame public policy on data that will have wide-reaching impact. FDA guidelines on mHealth and mobile medical apps, expected later this year, will bring clarity and stability to the field. -- Highlighted mar 6, 2014

p.122: "If knowledge translated into behavior we wouldn’t need psychologists." At the heart of many current attempts at data-driven health is a powerfully seductive but inherently flawed model of the relationship of data to knowledge, interpretation, and action. -- Highlighted mar 6, 2014