The chapter analyses a corpus of Biomedical Big Data in the news media in order to elicit the linguistic and discursive strategies that frame the big data and healthcare debate in the news media and in popularised scientific discourse. A number of exploratory probes to retrieve keywords are followed by the discourse analysis of wider stretches of text and a closer focus on the representation of agency by means of periphrastic causative verbs. Two main actors—patients and doctors—are discursively foregrounded, with technology and information as helpers that increasingly mediate between them, reflecting the shift towards self-management, from institutional to patient-centred care. Findings show that innovation in healthcare is represented as a challenge and a unique opportunity that includes predictive, precision and patient-centric care.
KeywordsBig data Healthcare discourse Patient-centredness Precision care Predictive analytics
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