Waste and errors still a problem; Big data not a 'magic weapon' for healthcare;

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> Big data isn't a "magic weapon that can solve all our problems," Eerke Boiten, a senior lecturer at the School of Computing and Director of Interdisciplinary Cyber Security Centre at University of Kent, writes in an article at The Conversation. He says no case review has shown large data collection would "get the right knowledge to the right person." Article

> During 2014's first six months, 143 digital health companies raised $2.3 billion, setting the stage for a record-breaking year, reports San Francisco-based digital health seed fund Rock Health. Article

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