Big Data – Royal Society of Medicine 5th June

Finding the needles in an ever bigger health information haystack – that’s what the latest RSM conference on 5th June is all about.

There is now a mass of data in the NHS accumulated over the past 60 years about health, its delivery, and increasingly about the individual characteristics, personal health and genetic data of individual and massed patients. The novelty is that this data can now be linked up with data from ever more disparate sources to give answers to questions that only yesterday we could barely conceive.

We have access to a vast data volume, faster, and in increasingly varied ways. We have more papers about how to manage it and more tools. Where are the experts? We have moved rapidly from bytes to gigabytes, and now Petabytes (and soon evenbiggerbytes) of data held by health systems about people.

But how can we use this data rationally? How can Big Data analytics help?

Current analytical techniques using traditional methods predict less than 30% of health outcomes. Building usefully complex models of health & care needs a much larger scale of research, ‘in the wild’.

The meeting will look at big data analytic applications specifically in primary care, in medical diagnosis, and as being used in the NHS genomics project. It will look at the potential for use and abuse, and how to get the right answers. Representatives from NHS England, public health, industry and academia will combine to give a snapshot of the state of the art to all interested clinicians, managers and researchers.

Speakers include Prof. Susan Hill on genomic data “what can we achieve with this data pool?”, Prof. Brian Jarman on the dangers of data misuse and Rob Smith & Andy Collett on how the IBM supercomputer Watson is improving cancer management.

Book soon as I understand there are just 20 places left.

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