The Aug. 25 Sports article "Moneyball 2.0: Player health" detailed the growing role data analytics play in preventing and predicting sports injuries.
Such innovation is, in many cases, extending and saving lives. For instance, researchers have developed an algorithm that can predict cardiac arrest a crucial four hours in advance by combining real-time data with patients’ medical histories. Moving from two-dimensional to three-dimensional imagery for mammography is improving breast cancer detection rates. And researchers have shocked doctors with data showing that premature infants with unusually stable vital signs correlated with serious fevers the next day — enabling doctors to take preventive actions.
Moving forward with amazing technological progress requires positive policy steps on data as well. Countless people worldwide stand to benefit.
Victoria Espinel, Washington
The writer is president and chief executive of BSA: The Software Alliance.