Support The World's Smartest Network

Help the New York Academy of Sciences bring late-breaking scientific information about the COVID-19 pandemic to global audiences. Please make a tax-deductible gift today.

This site uses cookies.
Learn more.


This website uses cookies. Some of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the website to operate while others offer you a better browsing experience. You give us your permission to use cookies, by continuing to use our website after you have received the cookie notification. To find out more about cookies on this website and how to change your cookie settings, see our Privacy policy and Terms of Use.

We encourage you to learn more about cookies on our site in our Privacy policy and Terms of Use.

How Much Do You Know About Big Data in Healthcare?

Published October 05, 2018

Big data holds enormous potential.

But it also comes with significant risks and drawbacks when it comes to healthcare and patient privacy.

Medical professionals know that in many cases, personalized approaches to medicine and a focus on root causes can lead to better outcomes in many circumstances. And big data could play a crucial role in helping to achieve that end. But drawing on large pools of very personal data, from GPS coordinates and internet searches to at-home genetic tests, comes with serious risks to patient privacy.

Along with the NYU School of Medicine, the Academy hosted a 2-day symposium exploring the ethical risks and rewards of incorporating big data into the healthcare landscape. We discussed how to navigate recruitment and consent in clinical trials; privacy protection and data ownership; corporate responsibility and compliance; and much more.

Get an in-depth summary of the conference in our eBriefing, "Big Data in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges."