3 Ways Big Data Is Furthering Medicine
March 25, 2021, 12:00:00 AM
Big data has seen its fair share of uses across a wide variety of industries. Its impact on medicine, however, is truly remarkable. The massive amount of information that big data provides reduces the time needed to conduct research and collect results. Similarly, big data is having the same effect on insurance allowing for more complex coverage and accurate estimates.
All of this helps doctors process information in no time. Big data provides doctors and medical professionals with all of the requested information in the blink of an eye.
This means that a patient’s records could be combed through and analyzed to ensure a treatment’s success in monument notice. This influx of information and analytical data makes it possible for doctors to treat their patients from a distance, even at home.
Here are 3 ways big data is radically transforming medicine and healthcare:
1. Big data is helping further research
We all create massive amounts of data every day. Whether it’s metadata, text data, video data, or location data, we’re all generating trillions of data points every single day.
All of this data is undoubtedly useful to us, especially health and medical big data. However, it is impossible for a team of researchers to comb through petabytes of disparate data points and find the logical patterns within them.
However, in a mass of data, there are hidden patterns, correlations, and relationships, but they are essentially naked to the human eye. Thankfully, AI has advanced to the point where computer programs can intelligently sift through large data sets and find possible correlations. Then, researchers review these correlations and data points to see if they make sense.
Big data helps researchers find answers to cancer treatments, causes of diseases, and even identify mitigating factors that were previously unknown.
2. Big data is changing insurance
With wearable technology, we all have the ability to monitor our heart rate, our activity levels, and our sleep cycles. This health data is not only valuable to us as individuals, but it could also prove to be valuable to doctors, insurance companies, and hospitals.
What if you lower your risk for heart disease and find more affordable health insurance at the same time? With wearable tech, this might just be a possibility.
Of course, with monitoring there is a question of invasion of privacy and whether or not insurance companies should be able to use such personal data. Undoubtedly, big data will change the industry. But what regulations or restrictions may be passed still remain unseen.
3. AI and big data could change telehealth
AI and big data are like peanut butter and jelly. They are just meant for each other. Without AI, big data would be extremely difficult to understand, analyze, and organize. And without big data, it would be difficult for us to come up with training sets that accelerate AI.
AI and big data work together really well in many contexts. In addition to helping medical researchers, big data and AI are being used for telehealth applications.
Telehealth apps with personal AI assistants can help people with chronic illnesses get the support and the medical advice that they need on a daily basis.
Big data is becoming easier for doctors to process, making it easier to give long-distance diagnoses and exams. Ultimately, big data could accelerate healthcare tech and telehealth to new heights.
Though there are fair concerns as to how big data is passed through in other industries, healthcare has seen almost nothing but benefit. Access to technology that can accurately determine the status of a patient by quickly going through their records and analyzing their health has changed healthcare for the better. There is now much less guesswork and less time required for doctors to treat patients effectively and quickly.
Expanding the medical industry to applications that can be used to treat patients has already saved countless lives. Big data only ensures that more information can be analyzed and patterned for the benefit of the healthcare industry and its patients.
The effect big data is already having on technology will only expand over the course of the next few years as it continues to lead to new technologies and advancements in the medical industry.
Big data is the answer that the medical industry was seeking for its patient information needs. Big data is revolutionizing nearly every industry at a breakneck pace. Hopefully, these technologies will lead to an easier and healthier life for us all.