Stop asking about Big Data. Start asking the right QUESTIONS.

Sombit Mishra

questionsComputational biologist Dr. Michael Liebman explains Why Medical Research Does Big Data Wrong.

3 takeaways:

  • Medical researchers typically do not work directly with clinicians.  As a result, research questions often fail to address matters of clinical importance.

  • Technology supports data generation, not knowledge generation.  Identifying the right research/clinical question must precede the collection of data.  Identifying the right data sources upfront outweighs amassing more data.

  • Genomics data sheds light on the architectural plan of an individual person, but does not provide inherent explanatory value for disease pathology.