Published: 24 June 2017
Author(s): C. Krittanawong
Issue: June 2017
Section: Editorial

Physicians in everyday clinical practice are under pressure to innovate faster than ever because of the rapid, exponential growth in healthcare data. “Big data” refers to extremely large data sets that cannot be analyzed or interpreted using traditional data processing methods. In fact, big data itself is meaningless, but processing it offers the promise of unlocking novel insights and accelerating breakthroughs in medicine—which in turn has the potential to transform current clinical practice [1].

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