Doctors need to take the reins of the mHealth movement | mHealth News

Eric Wicklund reporting for mHealth News:

[Data overload] is what’s plaguing the mHealth movement right now—too much data coming in from too many locations that don’t have any effect on the patient-provider relationship, and which may even be having a harmful effect.

Something sorely missing from current medical education is data science. Med students and residents receive cursory classes in epidemiology and biostatistics, but so rudimentary it is basically useless. Physicians will be challenged more and more with massive amounts of data. We can sit back and let others—epidemiologists, data scientists, computer engineers, startups, etc—define what role such data will play in the practice of medicine or take on leadership in this arena. It starts with much needed medical education in data science.