Nitesh Chawla, a computer science professor at Notre Dame and self-proclaimed “dataologist,” argues that Americans’ health and wellness would improve if we paid more attention to the facts and circumstances of people’s daily lives, such as access to grocery stores and recreational facilities. In partnership with their doctors, people could then identify trends between their personal habits and certain diseases. Tracking personal data on a large scale, he says, can help us move from insufficient healthcare to abundant health.
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