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We have all heard the term “big data” more than a few times over the past two years. There’s little doubt that large amounts of relevant information put to good use and analyzed—otherwise known as clinical analytics—has the potential to improve both the delivery of care and the health and wellness of individuals.


That’s why we are excited about an upcoming policy forum on June 25 at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., that will explore the promise, challenges, and policies that are critical to encouraging innovation in improving health and health care through the use of big data. During the forum, two key policy areas will be explored in detail: (1) the role of standards in aggregating and effectively using large, disparate data sets, and (2) addressing concerns about privacy and security of patient data for clinical and research purposes.


The lineup of participants is top-heavy with thought leaders from both the federal government and industry who will share their perspectives. Eric Dishman, general manager of the Intel Health and Life Sciences group, will participate in the discussion as will representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American Cancer Society, state of New York, and Healthcare Leadership Council. Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) will deliver the keynote address.


The forum is available to view via a live webcast starting at 8 30 a.m. on June 25. We encourage you to join the discussion and learn more about big data in healthcare by tuning in. Listen to the above podcast that features a conversation with two of the forum's participants: Eric Dishman of Intel and Deven McGraw from the Center for Democracy & Technology.


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