Why big data is good for your health - SWI swissinfo.ch


Most patients have spent years bouncing from one doctor to another, building up huge dossiers of medical notes. Rare diseases typically take at least five years to correctly name, and sometimes up to 30, by which time it can be too late for effective treatment. "This is an inefficient, costly business," Dr Jurgen Schafer, who heads the German university's medical team, said at a media conference at IBM Zurich in October. "The computer is not going to replace the physician. But with this amount of data, it is completely clear that we don't need more physicians – we need more computer power."