Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News Feature
  • Published:

15 ways Silicon Valley is harnessing Big Data for health

From asthma inhalers to blood-pressure monitors, companies with high-tech approaches are amassing and analyzing giant new data sources.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Van Sickle, D. et al. Eur. Respir. J. 48, PA1018 (2016).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Barrett, M. et al. Health Aff. (2018).

  3. Merchant, R. et al. World Allergy Organ. J. 11, 28 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Wan, N. et al. BMC Cancer 19, 832 (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Becky McCall.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

McCall, B. 15 ways Silicon Valley is harnessing Big Data for health. Nat Med 26, 7–10 (2020).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing