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Crowdsourced HealthHow What You Do on the Internet Will Improve Medicine$
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Elad Yom-Tov

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034500.001.0001

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Crowdsourced Health

Elad Yom-Tov

The MIT Press

Internet data closely mirrors our activities both online and offline. Because of this, it can be utilized to change how medical research is done, and has already begun doing so. Gaining insights from these data requires collaboration between medical researchers, computer scientists and data scientists, and the results of such collaborations can provide insights not otherwise available. The use of Internet data has potentially concerning implications to the privacy of individuals, but done correctly, privacy can be protected while providing the ability to improve peoples’ health in a direct and quantitatively measureable manner.

Keywords:   Internet data, Medical research, Privacy, Data science

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