A $3 trillion challenge to computational scientists: Transforming healthcare delivery

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Healthcare spending in the US is nearing $3 trillion per year, but in spite of this expenditure, the US is outpaced by most developed countries in terms of health and quality of life outcomes-for example, it ranks 36th internationally in life expectancy.1 The share of health spending in its gross domestic product has increased sharply, from 5 percent of GDP in 1960 to more than 17 percent today, 2 a rate of increase that's widely believed to be unsustainable. 3 Policy and regulatory reform have important roles to play in addressing these challenges. Yet one of the largest underexplored avenues is the better use of information derived from the vast amount of health data now being collected in digital format. 4 I believe that one of the most signifi cant open frontiers for computational scientists is the engineering of human health and healthcare delivery..

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6908959
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Intelligent Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014


  • Big Data
  • biomedical informatics
  • computational science
  • health informatics
  • intelligent systems
  • predictive models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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