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Why Medicine Really Needs Big Data, Not Old Data



11/21/2013 8:12:16 AM

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On Monday, it sounded like the American Heart Association had taken IT advice from the Obama administration. The New York Times reported that a top cardiologist said an online calculator central to new guidelines that tell doctors when to prescribe cholesterol medicine is over-estimating people’s risk of heart attacks and strokes – thereby putting more patients on statin drugs, the now-generic medicines that were once the best-sellers for Pfizer and Merck.

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