Big Data in Healthcare
It’s not strange for anyone living in this era to be familiar with the term “Big Data”.
For those of you who still are in the dark, every day we generate and collect tons of data in almost everything we do. Our ability to use technology to analyze and understand this data reveals patterns, trends and associations especially relating to human behavior and interactions.
If we bring all pieces together, Big Data is enormously helping businesses in every industry become more efficient and productive.
Healthcare is no different.
Big Data in healthcare is changing how health care is measured and managed
Being able to analyze a large amount of data from different sources in a short time is what’s leading the development of personalized care.
By studying the patient’s history, genetics, allergies, habits and other necessary information, Big Data are being used to measure the personalized risk for each individual and recommending a personalized care, lifestyle change, or a precise medication to reduce the risk in some cases and to enable the healing and cure in a time and cost-efficient manner.
“Prevention is better than cure”. As general as this statement could be, healthcare predictive analytics has proven its ability in developing preventive measures for heart diseases, diabetes, food poisoning and even cancer based on the genetics research and data analysis.
Furthermore, instead of keeping each person’s data and each case isolated and archived; using the huge amount of Big Data collected by the medical industry (doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, clinics, Pharmaceuticals etc.) will allow practitioners to compare and analyze a patient’s data alongside thousands of others.
Doctors will be able to acknowledge in advance the potential results of their prescribed treatments on the grounds of data from other patients with the same factors and conditions. Therefore, the right care within reach of the patient’s needs.
Moreover, the continuously growing pool of information related to the health of the general public will allow medical professionals embracing technology to be able to spot problems and prepare the necessary solutions in advance; being it medicinal or educational.
Remote patient monitoring and saving lives
With the increasing amount of wearable devices and sensors, patients can now be monitored remotely. This will make the patient feel comfortable knowing that they are being constantly monitored wherever they are.
Big Data generated from such solutions help use analytics by the doctors to generate alerts in case the patient needs immediate attention.
This will help to improve and save the life of millions of patients.
Finally, big data will play a big role in the digital health revolution in the coming years.
Understanding as much as possible about a patient as early in their life through big data will allow doctors to pick any signs of serious illness that could be treated in early stages rather than later. Technology is still evolving so it is still early to know if we are heading towards the right direction, but all we know is that we have set up the pace for the upcoming decades.
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