Conversations and connections: improving real-time health data on behalf of public interest


Real time data and big data analytics is at the forefront and future of healthcare. Current trends indicate a growing interest and commitment to building real time data applications and big data enterprise. This movement must be accompanied by support, commitment and thorough collaboration. Data that proves valuable must drive program implementation, scaled initiatives and effective research. Predictive modeling for surveillance, public health and clinical use must prove cost effective as well. Support and advancement for this must be embraced by all in healthcare, with initial use and incorporation into everyday applications. Additionally, global public health can be aided and should embrace real time data system development, for transparency, predictive analytics and robust surveillance. When aggregated and applied reliably, big data can benefit all stakeholders and the general public. This opportunity should be enhanced, realized and cultivated.

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Babyar, J. Conversations and connections: improving real-time health data on behalf of public interest. Health Technol. 9, 245–249 (2019).

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  • Real time data
  • Real time analytics
  • Big data
  • Health information technology
  • Public health surveillance