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Big Data and Public Health – Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Note

1 August 2014

Patient health records and other large scale medical and administrative datasets are increasingly being considered as a valuable tool for the study and improvement of health. This POSTnote examines the sources of data, their current and potential uses for health improvement, and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.

Download the full report - Big Data and Public Health (PDF, 4 pages, 287 KB)  from the following website:

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-474/big-data-and-public-health

About Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

POST is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology.

POST's aim is to help parliamentarians examine science and technology issues effectively. By writing briefings, organising events and assisting Select Committees, it has supported parliamentarians in their decision-making since 1989.

POST publishes 20-30 POSTnotes (short briefing notes) each year, along with occasional longer reports and short POSTboxes. They focus on current science and technology issues and aim to anticipate policy implications for parliamentarians

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