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A magical diamond? The dark and bright side of data analytics in Danish healthcare. A new article in European Journal of Information Systems analyzes large-scale data ecosystems. Photo: MART PRODUCTION, Pexels.

A magical diamond? The dark and bright side of data analytics in Danish healthcare

A new article in European Journal of Information Systems analyzes large-scale data ecosystems.

Last modified: 08.11.2021

Text: Niels Krogh Søndergaard, communications officer 
Photo: MART PRODUCTION, Pexels

Two AAU researchers from Centre for Information Systems Management (CIM), Jon Aaen and Jeppe Agger Nielsen have just published an article in European Journal of Information Systems along with Andrea Carugati.

The title of the article is "The Dark Side of Data Ecosystems”. It examines the emergence, expansion and eventual collapse of a large-scale data analytic initiative in Danish healthcare.

It is PhD student Jon Aaen first article in this esteemed journal. The research provides new understandings of the dual relation of the dark and bright side of data analytics.

Dark side of data

- While data is often seen as a magical diamond mine that keeps on giving, this new article shows how the reuse of healthcare data in new contexts can also carry a dark side, explains Professor Jeppe Agger Nielsen. 

The full title of the article is “The dark side of data ecosystems: A longitudinal study of the DAMD project”. It is based on a 15-year case study of a large-scale data analytics project – called DAMD – in the Danish health care sector.

The researchers conclude that the potential for reuse of large data amounts can lead to a deviant data use that undermine the legitimacy of data analytics initiatives. In the case of DAMD the data reuse dark side was so dominant that it eventually resulted in DAMD’s demise.

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