Big Data: the Newest Tool in Fighting Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Big Data: the Newest Tool in Fighting Alzheimer’s, Dementia
Big Data and Alzheimer'sExperts from around the globe gathered in Toronto last week to discuss new approaches to the challenge increasing rates dementia present at an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) workshop organized in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto (IHPME). Thematically focused on exploring the role big data can play in improving dementia research and care, the international meeting brought together more than 50 leading researchers, medical doctors, policy makers, analytics experts, and patient advocates to advance international discussion on the opportunities and challenges associated with use of "big data" to better understand and treat dementia. Big data -- that is, tapping into huge volumes of information that can be generated by increasingly computerized and networked health care systems -- has potential to accelerate evaluation of treatments and care models, and generate more thoroughgoing insights into system performance. The Toronto workshop participants were able to explore how this information can be applied to dementia, and to identify logical next steps in unlocking and advancing the potential of data-driven innovation. Dementia has a large and growing impact on health status and enormous socio-economic con
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