Most discussions about the state of the U.S. healthcare system start with the problem of unsustainable cost growth. One reason costs have been rising is that we (as a society and as consumers) find enormous value in health improvements and are willing to pay for them. The real question is how to identify value vs. waste in healthcare so we can increase efficiency to bring costs down.
Over the years, we’ve seen many attempts to revamp the healthcare system, but they have been insufficient to be transformative. A good example is the HMO model in the 80s and 90s, which was notorious for restricting access to care. During the healthcare reform debate, voters balked at the U.S. government coming anywhere near restraining spending on healthcare. Read More »
Kristina McElheran, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy Visiting Scholar
Professor of Information Technology, Director, The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
From Harvard Business Review
Growing opportunities to collect and leverage digital information have led many managers to change how they make decisions – relying less on intuition and more on data. As Jim Barksdale, the former CEO of Netscape quipped, “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” Following pathbreakers such as Caesar’s CEO Gary Loveman – who attributes his firm’s success to the use of databases and cutting-edge analytical tools – managers at many levels are now consuming data and analytical output in unprecedented ways.
This should come as no surprise. At their most fundamental level, all organizations can be thought of as “information processors” that rely on the technologies of hierarchy, specialization, and human perception to collect, disseminate, and act on insights. Therefore, it’s only natural that technologies delivering faster, cheaper, more accurate information create opportunities to re-invent the managerial machinery.
At the same time, large corporations are not always nimble creatures. How quickly are managers actually making the investments and process changes required to embrace decision-making practices rooted in objective data? And should all firms jump on this latest managerial bandwagon?
The data breach at the law firm of Mossack Fonseca in Panama sent shock waves around the world recently with the prime minister of Iceland stepping aside, Swiss authorities raiding the headquarters of the Union of European Football Associations, and relatives of the president of China linked to offshore companies. The size of the breach was also shocking with 2.6 terabytes of data leaked. That’s 30 times bigger than the WikiLeaks release or the Edward Snowden materials. However, the most shocking part of the “Panama Papers” story is that the breach and exploit of the popular open source project Drupal was totally preventable.
Everyone knows that law firms manage large amounts of highly sensitive information. Whether the data involves an individual’s estate plan, a startup’s patent application, or a high-profile merger and acquisition, clients expect their information to be secure. Indeed, lawyers are required to keep this information both confidential and secure. Yet, despite the very high level of security owed this information, many firms lack an IT staff and outsource the creation and maintenance of their data management and security services. Once outsourced, there is an assumption that someone else will effectively manage the data and ensure its security.
This is many firms’ first mistake. Even if they aren’t managing their own IT, law firms still have an obligation to make sure that data is properly secured. This means asking frequent questions about security and ensuring that the vendor is implementing reasonable security measures.
Lee Ullmann, Director of the MIT Sloan Latin America Office Office of International Programs
¿Cuál es la importancia de Big Data para Latinoamérica y cuál es su futuro en la región?
Únanse para una conversación entre Lee Ullmann (@MITSloanLatAm), director de la Oficina para América Latina de MIT Sloan, y Jorge Hernán Peláez (@jhpelaez), reportero colombiano para La W, en donde platicaremos sobre cómo los datos masivos pueden contribuir significativamente tanto a las empresas como a los gobiernos.
La plática por Twitter tendrá lugar el 11 de mayo desde las 3:00 hasta las 4:00 p.m. ET.
¿Cómo pueden participar? ¡Es sencillo! Si tienen una pregunta, respuesta o comentario, simplemente incluyan #MITBigDataLatAm en sus Tweets.
La conversación en Twitter es un precursor a la conferencia “Big Data: Shaping the Future of Latin America” (Big Data: Cómo dar forma al futuro de América latina), organizada por la escuela de negocios MIT Sloan el 26 de mayo en Bogotá, Colombia. La conferencia reunirá a profesores internacionalmente renombrados para discutir como se puede usar Big Data para formar decisiones mejor informadas.
En promoción de las ideas de la conferencia, tendremos una conversación en Twitter sobre el papel de Big Data para el futuro de Latinoamérica y más ideas de la conferencia.