Dr. Atul Gawande's (@Atul_Gawande) long-form narratives and books have helped illuminate complex systems and wicked problems to a broad audience.
One recent feature that continues to resonate for those who wish to apply data to the public good is Gawande’s New Yorker piece “The Hot Spotters,” (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all) where Gawande considered whether health data could help lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care.
That story brings home the challenges of providing health care in a city, from cultural change to gathering data to applying it.
This summer, after meeting Gawande at the 2012 Health DataPalooza, I interviewed him about hot spotting, predictive analytics, networked transparency, health data, feedback loops and the problems that technology won’t solve.
[AS: Click on the title link to read the full interview]
Via Andrew Spong, Camilo Erazo