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Big data treasure trove from routine medical checkups

The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2014
Researchers are analyzing pools of patient information collected from routine checkups to help doctors better diagnose their patients. This type of data is easier to mine thanks to the rise in electronic health records that contain information collected in regular doctor visits. In one instance, a group of researchers looked at data from patients with sore throats and came up with a way to help determine whether people should see a doctor for a strep throat test or stay home and take aspirin. In another, a pediatrician was able to follow a hunch to study a connection between an eye disease and allergies in young patients with arthritis. [Subscription Required]