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Comment: It's already happening (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by Tucan (#47334999) Attached to: Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

Larry Page is just complaining that Google doesn't have the data. These data already exist and are being extensively studied by researchers in academics, government, health insurers, employers, and pharmaceutical companies. The de-identified data can be licensed and analyzed by anyone. The fully identifiable information is routinely analyzed by the owners of the data.

The problem is not access to the data, the problem is that it is difficult to make valid inferences about causation from observational data.

Comment: Re:Infant Mortality Rates (Score 1) 1063

by Tucan (#42558451) Attached to: US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

In the U.S. being "born alive" is defined by Federal Statute. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/1/8

Some information about differences by nation is contained on page 7 of this Congressional Research Service report: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41378.pdf

This is nearly a decade old, so some changes may have occurred.

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