Empowering the Next Wave of Healthcare Startups—With Data

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Spotting new trends is one of my favorite parts of my job. But even more I like it when several trends merge into a transforming wave. This is exactly what is happening in medical technology right now, as the sector benefits not only from the growth of open data, but also from the democratization of data analysis and privacy-preserving synthetic data. Let’s explore. — Anna

Data for developers of medical technologies

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When I heard about this synthetic medical data startup Syntegra will release free datasets with realistic but fake patient data, this caught my attention. Not because it published open data, not because it shared synthetic data, and not because it’s a health technology company, but because it did it all at the same time.

You can’t go wrong if you think open data is cool in and of itself. For example, I loved hearing earlier this week about launch of BigScience large language model, BLOSSOM, a free and open source alternative to OpenAI GPT-3. But it is expected that BLOOM will be mainly used by researchers. In contrast, the datasets provided by Syntegra and Tuva Health are for medical technology startups.

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