Hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide have been trying to harness great quantities of data available. Our government, on the other hand, is only in the early stages of doing so. That’s why the recent appointment of a Chief Data Scientist is so exciting. The position will “provide the necessary focus on healthcare data that can unleash the huge potential for improved treatments and cost control,” according to this report in

On Feb 18, the White House appointed  Dr. DJ Patil to the newly created position of Chief Data Scientist for our nation. This is a really, really big deal, especially for healthcare.

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