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Healthcare Infrastructure (NetCare)

Bruce Schatz and Richard Berlin

A new model of health systems infrastructure is needed due to a dramatic shift from simple situations of acute care to complex situations of chronic care. The rising use of information technology such as social network sites and mobile phones will make it possible to measure many more properties of many more people. The NetCare project is developing a prototype infrastructure to gather a million pieces of actionable data from each of a million persons over the course of a year. A model system could perform data analytics to group these subjects into cohorts for which similar health management would be effective and viable. This project explores the steps to achieve and exploit this vision of a new healthcare infrastructure, with technologies robust enough for national scale. More information about the vision and its implementation can be found in the book of the same title and in the report on the NSF Workshop on Measuring Data for Population Health.

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