When you work in complex systems that involve multiple people who have to, in health care, deal with patients at different points in time, no one sees the net result. So, no one has any idea of what the actual experience is for patients. The open data initiative, I think, has innovative people grabbing the data and showing what you can do with it.
-Atul Gawande [via O'Reilly Radar]
Surgeon, professor, and best-selling author Atul Gawande is is talking about us with Alex Howard. They met up at this year’s Datapalooza. He goes on to say “Connecting the data to the physical world is where the cool stuff starts to happen.”
He also talks about how improving health care with data may be like reducing crime, that privacy is a barrier but maybe not *that* big a barrier, how data transparency can be successful even over opposition, and how timeliness may be critical.
But don’t take our word for it. Read the article yourself!
Dr. Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) has been a bard in the health care world, straddling medicine, academia and the humanities as a practicing surgeon, medical school professor, best-selling author and staff writer at the New Yorker magazine. His long-form narratives and books have helped illuminate complex…