This work was supported in part by a grant from the AcademyHealth Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum, by the Center for Data Driven Discovery at Caltech, and by the Center for Data Science and technology at JPL.

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Big Data are revolutionizing nearly every aspect of the modern society. One area where this can have a profound positive societal impact is the field of Health Care Informatics (HCI), which faces many challenges. The key idea here is: can we use some of the experience and solutions from the fields that have successfully adapted to the Big Data era, namely astronomy and space science, to help accelerate the progress of HCI?