Big Data for the Changing Needs of the Healthcare Industry

Big Data for the Changing Needs of the Healthcare Industry

Naveen Joshi 12/02/2018 8

Big data is revolutionizing the way we that handle data through every sector. After having made remarkable improvements in astronomy, retail sales, and search engines, big data is now transforming healthcare. The volume of data involved in healthcare studies and analysis makes it a perfect use-case for big data technology.

Healthcare industry handles an immense load of data that is piling up every day. Sooner or later, we will need big data tools to transform healthcare information into relevant insights that can help the development of health services. Most of the digital healthcare data is collected via Electronic Health Records (EHRs). An American Health Association survey quoted that EHR adoption has doubled in hospitals across the US over a couple of years owing to funding received under Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009. EHRs contain quantitative (laboratory records), qualitative (prescriptions and reports), and transactional data (medication records). However, these EHRs are currently created only to comply with norms related to healthcare delivery. These EHRs are a valued resource for analyzing data patterns to improve healthcare in more than one way.

Answering Clinical Questions Prospectively

Big data can be configured to extract structured information from unstructured data sets in EHRs by using machine learning tools like natural language processing. According to a study, such automated structuring of EHR data has proven to be more beneficial in detecting postoperative complications than conventional discharge coding. Random trials on a narrow spectrum of participants are currently questioned for generalization for patients with specific medical characteristics. Big data can be used to present observational evidence gathered from EHR data without raising issues of generalization.

Knowledge Sharing for Transforming Healthcare

Medical knowledge keeps on growing daily, with new research papers and medical breakthroughs making news in medical circles. However, not all physicians can catch up with all the latest developments in medicine and treatments. Making these resources available online will expand outreach but even providing access to all the resources will not ensure that physicians are thorough with the latest developments. Using big data tools, we can provide physicians with a dashboard that can update them with possible new medications or treatments specifically to their existing patients. This system will help with better penetration of new medical treatments and improve healthcare delivery.

Diagnosing Patients Efficiently

Diagnosis is the first step to effective treatments. Consulting a different physician, either because of relocation or an alternative opinion, is such a hassle today because it takes time for a new doctor to understand a patient’s response to specific drugs apart from other specific patient characteristics. Big data can provide a practitioner with specific insights of a patient that would take some sessions to identify conventionally. Besides, this data can be shared with relevant health initiatives such as those fighting obesity or smoking so that these campaigns are delivered to a focused group of patients. The success of IBM Watson just shows how big data can manage to diagnose patients effectively.

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  • Gabriel Hill

    Big data is generating a lot of hype in every industry including healthcare.

  • Salman Abbas

    The majority of healthcare institutions are swamped with some very pedestrian problems such as regulatory reporting and operational dashboards.

  • Lars Sheridan

    Several challenges with big data have yet to be addressed in healthcare today

  • Aiden Boyer

    The value for big data in healthcare is largely limited to research because using big data requires a very specialised skill set.

  • Stephanie Garcia

    Thanks to changes with the tooling, people with less-specialized skillsets will be able to easily work with big data in the future including the healthcare sector

  • Eric Vegan

    What about the privacy and security of patients? If a hospital only has to grant access to a couple of data scientists, it really doesn’t have too much to worry about. But when opening up access to a large, diverse group of users, security cannot be an afterthought.

  • Ronda Lloyd

    Due to its unstructured nature and open source roots, big data in healthcare is much less expensive to own and operate than a traditional relational database.

  • Trina Holman

    This is great big data doesn’t need a lot of design work and is fairly simple to maintain.

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Naveen Joshi

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Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.

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