Driving data may ultimately be used to design better cars, better freeways and improve the overall quality of life for everyone concerned. Yet, it’s also important to realize that mobile data from daily road travels can also be utilized for tracking purposes, to pin down exactly where you are located at any given moment in time, and how you arrived.
Whether it is utility based pricing of electricity based on time of day, cloud computing, or even pay as you go insurance, with the explosion of “big data” and other technologies, it’s already possible to stream and collect various data, calculate a price and then bill a customer in a matter of minutes
Some cloud experts are proclaiming private clouds “are false clouds”, or that the term was conveniently conjured to support vendor solutions. There are other analysts willing to hedge their bets by proclaiming that private clouds are a good solution for the next 3-5 years until public clouds mature. I don’t believe it. Private clouds are here to stay (especially for data warehousing)—let me tell you why.
Patients, healthcare providers and even society at large will benefit more by quantifying and analyzing inputs, outputs thus gaining a better understanding of our own “system health”.
In the United States health information privacy is protected by the Health Information Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) act. However, new gene sequencing technologies are now available making it feasible to read an individual’s DNA for as little as $1,000 USD. If there is predictive value in reading a person’s gene sequence, what are implications of this advancement? And will…