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Health Disparities and Big Data

Posted by on May 24th, 2017 Posted in: Minority Health Concerns, Public Health


The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities are collaborating on a project to gather input on the current state of science and research on minority health and health disparities. A key component is the use of big data and its role in reducing health disparities.

A paper published in the latest issue of Ethnicity and Disease identifies three major opportunities for big data to reduce health disparities: 1) incorporate social determinants of health information into the EHR, 2) include data on targeted populations to focus public health interventions, and 3) expand data-driven research to better understand the etiology of health disparities. The paper and more information is available here.

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Medical Librarian, Network Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, PNR. I work for a network of libraries and organizations with an interest in health information.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.​

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