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How 1s and 0s are advancing medicine

Massive, ongoing advances in computational processing power and interconnectedness are already changing the way medical research is done. But even more-disruptive outcomes — including changes in the very practice of medicine at the day-to-day clinical level — lie just ahead.
That was the message conveyed by several speakers at Stanford’s second annual Big Data in Biomedicine Conference, held on campus May 21-23.
“We’re all here because we believe in the vast potential of technology, data and biomedicine to transform human health for the 21st century,” Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, told an audience of close to 500 people at Stanford’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge and more than 1,000 virtual attendees who live-streamed the event.
Presented by Stanford Medicine and the University of Oxford and sponsored by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the conference featured more than 60 speakers and panelists, including Stanford biologists and data scientists, researchers from universities around the world, and government and industry professionals.

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