Michael J. Ackerman, PhD
There is always something being touted as “new” in the area of information technology. This time, the candidate is being called Big Data. Big Data has reached some degree of legitimacy in that the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have come together to create a funding opportunity for those who would like to solve the problems associated with Big Data. With NIH as a partner, and considering the NIH’s recent emphasis on translational research, is Big Data a factor in the future of medical practice?