New cloud offering collects, mines physician brain data
Much is made of digitalized data and its usefulness in analysis. However, the fact remains that a good bit of the data we need for perfected analysis is still trapped in human brains. That problem doesn't quite get the attention it deserves. Data based on experience, human talent, and boots-on-the-ground observation is among the most valuable data to be had. It is therefore that I note with interest Monday's launch of Best Doctors' product Medting--a promising blend of human brain data and digitalized data in one very intriguing package.
Medting is cloud-based software that enables collaboration and the sharing of diagnostic imaging and videos as well as other data between physicians. In this way, human talent is leveraged but also augmented with data.
"The value in this type of platform is that physicians can collaborate on challenging cases with multiple colleagues across institutions and even countries in an open, transparent and nearly real-time way," said Dr. William Wood, a bone marrow transplant clinician at the University of North Carolina, in a statement to the press. "These discussions provide access to perspectives and pockets of expertise that might or might not be readily available in a physician's local environment. I think that online, virtual clinical case sharing will stimulate important conversations in the field and will lead to improved outcomes for patients."
But that's not all that will likely result from this effort.
"Medting enables physicians to work together on challenging cases, share files and diagnostic images, and build an educational library of medical information," explains the press release. "It creates an ideal forum for online tumor boards and other disease-specific meetings by negating time and scheduling conflicts. Hospitals, medical societies and health systems are using the online collaboration platform to expand physicians' access to knowledge and shared understanding."
It is likely that many collaborative efforts will lead to the production of new datasets that uniquely include and reflect data from the brains of human experts. Maybe one day we'll be able to download brain data directly but for now building data sets from the gleanings of collaborative efforts will suffice nicely.