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Increased use of big data ‘could transform medical industry’

16th April 2015

Big data has the potential to transform the way in which the global medical industry operates, it has been suggested.

This is according to Dr Mark Rubin of the Institute for Precision Medicine, who believes that collecting and analysing vast amounts of patient and trial-related data could help to drastically improve the development of new medical devices and pharmaceutical products, as doctors will have more in-depth information about who exactly they are catering for.

Dr Rubin explained that healthcare professionals who come across an unusual condition could benefit significantly from databases containing large amounts of detailed information to help them with diagnosis.

"With the development of big databases of clinical information, researchers will be able to say with certainty that there are, for instance, 12 people in the country who have this mutation and we think that they would benefit from a certain treatment," he commented.

One example of such a database is the New York City Clinical Data Research Network, which was launched last year.

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