Big data in the era of health information exchanges: Challenges and opportunities for public health

Baseman et al. “conducted an assessment of big data that is available to a [public health agency]—laboratory test results and clinician-generated notifiable condition report data—through its participation in a [health information exchange]” and published their results in Informatics. They identified five major challenges to “secondary use of HIE data for meeting public health communicable disease surveillance needs” and then find ways to turn those challenges into opportunities for the public health system, ultimately optimizing it through various forms of big data analysis and management.

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