Macro Health Optimization
Today, Big Data poses more questions than answers. Now that we’ve successfully created an information infrastructure, how do we leverage the information stockpile that contains billions of data points generated each second?
Big Data’s potential in healthcare is massive, influencing everything from personalized medicine to population health. With the help of cognitive computing, such as IBM’s Watson and predictive analytics, real-time pattern recognition and data tracking could both inform decisions and anticipate or predict outcomes.
Imagine if a physician in a remote village could quickly cross-reference patient symptoms and attributes using a database containing millions of data points to help determine the best tailored treatment option. In the same vein, that physician could also receive a real-time alert of an impending H1N1 flu outbreak in the area through meaningful data analytics.
Steve McPhilliamy is parter at Insight Product Development.
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