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In 1854 John Snow had a moment. At the time it hadn’t seemed like that significant an event, but Dr. Snow’s use of collected data and maps to pinpoint the source of a cholera outbreak in London started something. Though it started small, Big Data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) today provide a one-two punch that is helping push modern healthcare into new realms of possibility.
Unfortunately, Big Data and GIS come with certain risks that are directly related to HIPAA compliance. In order to get the full value of these tools significant amounts of medical data need to be brought together, standardized, and made accessible to the specialists using these tools. Any time you do this you run the risk of data breaches on a massive scale.