Data are the new gold. This aphorism often describes the role of data-centric, platform-based industries, such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook, in the US $3 trillion health care industry. Big data analytic technologies such as machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence (AI) are inspiring algorithm-based decision-making that promise to transform health care from a service industry to an information industry. Big data analytics derive power and potential value from the near real-time aggregation and analysis of vast volumes of data mined from multiple sources, creating predictive models, and providing actionable information to inform health care decisions. Big data are both a product and a function of technology and ever-growing analytic and computational power.
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