MONTREAL—It took a year for Canada’s public health officials to understand the full extent of the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. The principal problem, then and now, is lack of information. “Big Data” can answer a lot of health questions and can, moving forward, enable Canada’s public health-care system to mount an appropriate response to any potential outbreak. Big Data provides the raw material for individuals, governments, and communities to combine data and social media information on a large
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