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An interesting article in The Lancet recently deliberated upon the potential benefits of big data in health. Disease risk prediction from genome sequencing, discovering new biomarkers and molecular pathways for early detection of ailments before symptom onset, proactive health monitoring…The allure of digital health is palpable.

Even so, integrating prized technologies like big data and artificial intelligence (AI) into mainstream healthcarein Asia is no mean feat. Technology alone won’t suffice. We need data literacy to change the ground realities. Unless actionable insights can be deduced and communicated to medical practitioners and the public, what’s the point of technology-induced data deluge?

So, let’s start at the source. By understanding data; looking for trends and stories in the numbers; capitalising on statistics to find sustainable solutions to healthcare challenges. To know more, take a look at our daily updated Data Files available on http://www.ha-asia.com/.

We look forward to hearing from you. Suggestions, stories, compliments, complaints - tell us what you think. How else can we keep the collaborative conversations going?

Until we meet again, stay informed, stay healthy.

 Jisha Krishnan
Consulting Editor
Cover Story

Misinformation & vaccine hesitancy putting lives at risk

Once-eradicated diseases like measles, diphtheria, polio and pertussis, are making a comeback in India. Here’s an in-depth investigation on the worrying medical misinformation about vaccination.

News Story

How strong is the financial health of Apollo Hospitals?

Under a debt of INR 3,427 crore (US$ 474 million), Apollo Hospitals, one of India’s leading private healthcare providers, is finding its way back to recovery.

Wellness

Chinese tradition helps new mothers cope with postpartum stress

In China, Zuoyuezi or the traditional confinement regime of “sitting the month” is an integral part of helping women recover from the stress of childbirth

Technology

Top five pain management devices

There are better alternatives to popping painkillers. In several cases, pain management devices do the job well.

Fact Check

No, sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children

There is no conclusive scientific evidence to support the popular theory that children who indulge in sugary treats are hyperactive.


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