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Big Data and Public Health: Navigating Privacy Law to Maximize Potential

The ability to generate and use large amounts of information about patient and population health, health care treatment, and the outcomes of care represents a fundamental breakthrough in health care quality improvement and population health management. Creating and using what has become known as “big data” raises many legal issues, as Ms. Jane Thorpe and Ms. Elizabeth Gray describe in this installment of Law and the Public’s Health.


Now available online prior to print publication,  Law and the Public’s Health is a regular department of Public Health Reports explores emerging issues in public health law and policy.

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*Thorpe J, Gray E. Big Data and Public Health: Navigating Privacy Law to Maximize Potential. Public Health Rep 2015 Mar-Apr [Epub ahead of print].