Can big data research lead to useful medical insights?

Many doctors have heard the phrase ‘big data’.

In fact, some might be tired of it already. There’s no perfect definition, but it usually describes huge datasets that reveal patterns of behaviour.

The Federal Department of Health has started to focus on using big data for medical research, and recently released a dataset based on anonymised Medicare data from 10% of patients.

It’s also working on a framework for secondary uses of MyHealth Record data, which will probably include using it for research.

But some UK and US researchers argue