Date of Award


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Research Report


Dr. Randy Laist


Healthcare companies now mine that data for various reasons; some altruistic, others are profit motivated. Although data mining can be transformative to our society in the opportunities it opens up, it is not without its risks. The opportunities of data mining include qualitative and quantitative enhancements to medical records, medical diagnosis, an interconnection of organizations, procedural improvements in organizational practices, and substantive growth disease prevention. Yet the risks it poses include a loss of privacy, threats to our identity, and a higher cost to our governmental structures. Regardless of the ethical questions facing the process of data gathering and data mining, companies are pressing forward with these practices. Undeniably, data mining will be at the epicenter of technological development in the healthcare industry for years to come.


Tara Robinson is a student at Goodwin College.



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