When it comes down to needing to make a trip to the doctor in any capacity, most of us will put it off as long as possible. We will probably never get to the bottom of this age old question entirely, as there are just too many reasons (*ahem a.k.a. excuses), e.g., fear of needles, not ready to cough up the moolah for “a case of the sniffles,” denial, anxiety—the list goes on and on.

When we do finally break down and make a visit to our healthcare provider, it’s never as bad as we thought it was going to be. Mom always says, “The dreading is worse than the doing,” and of course, she’s almost always right. The availability of data is making healthcare more efficient and effective—which means good things for us as patients! Read on to learn more about how big data in the healthcare industry is helping to predict epidemics, cure diseases, and allow doctors to spot warning signs earlier which save lives.

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