Big Data's Impact on Medical Research

Columbia Magazine’s Spring 2018 cover story, From Code to Cure, takes a close look at how the flood of data, being generated daily, is having a signficant impact on medical research. As reported by senior editor David J. Craig, we are living in the age of big data, and in the past two years, the world has produced more than 90 percent of all the digital data that has ever been created. New technologies churn out an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes per day. 

Craig spotlights multiple Columbia researchers in the feature, including two Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) members, Andrea Califano, Dr, and Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, who also directs HICCC's Clinical Informatics Shared Resource. The article highlights Dr. Tatonetti's work involving prescription drug safety and his innovative use of digital health and clinical records and Dr. Califano's unconventional computational approaches in advancing cancer research. Visit Columbia Magazine, to read the full article