The Morning Briefing: Big Data

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about Big Data.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about Big Data.

1.) Big Data, better global health. Bill Gates, Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and other experts and leaders gathered this month in Geneva for a very important meeting on a very unimportant-sounding subject: global disease estimates.

2.) How Big Data can catch Oxycontin abusers and bad docs. Prescription drug overdose deaths are up. "Diversion" of drugs for recreational use costs the health care system $72.5 billion a year, according to National Drug Intelligence Center report. And yet there are obviously billions of legitimate prescriptions that help sick people, which come through our nation's pharmacies. How do you crack down without falsely accusing people of fraud?

3.) 2012 was Big Data's big year as funding, exits grow. Big Data came into its own in 2012 as investing in consumer startups shifted to the enterprise.

4.) Big Data can save lives -- if culture and strategy let it. We’ve all heard about how Big Data can save time and money, but 87 percent of federal IT officials think that real-time Big Data could save a significant number of lives each year.

5.) Five ways to avoid big mistakes with Big Data. The Big Data push in government has spawned computing techniques to process vast amounts of information at speeds that make interpretation practical. They can capture meaningful intelligence, even from unstructured information, and apply the analytics that drive agency decision-making.

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