Considering we live in the age of big data, we know astonishingly little about why people die. Each year, more than 50 million deaths occur around the globe—and for all but a fraction, the actual cause goes unrecorded. That’s a major obstacle to improving public health: How can we save lives if we don’t understand what threatens them?
Jeremy N. Smith is the author of Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.