"Hiding within those mounds of data is knowledge that could change the life of a patient, or change the world."
One of the early adopter industries of Big Data and Data Science, healthcare has access to patient records, health plans, insurance information and much more where key insights can be found through analytics.
In the past treatment plans were created based on the results of rigorous studies. These studies fail to take into account individual patient differences. Through Big Data analytics information from several data sets can be merged with the goal to create a personalised treatment plan based on an individual’s biology. Treatments can become tailored exactly to a patient.
Predictive analytics can be applied by hospitals to several areas. For example, they can estimate a patient’s length of stay based on treatments when managing bed usage or a patient’s chance of readmittance.
Data Analytics can even be applied to detecting and finding effective treatments for diseases. There has been much research surrounding the early detection of Cancer using Data Science. It has also been a target in research institutions to conduct Network Analysis on gene co-expressions in certain Cancer stages in the hope that treatments can be tailored to target the genes that are identified as significant by that analysis.
In the lab Data Science can be applied to drug degradation analysis helping drug manufactures create better products and by extension increasing the effectiveness of their drugs and the impact on peoples’ health.
With the expanse of the Internet of Things (IOT) data can be obtained in real time and give insight into a medical device’s reliability helping create maintenance plans. This same real time data transfer can also provide knowledge about personal patient data. A growing trend is the use of wearable technology to track a patient’s statistics allowing a doctor employing a Data Science solution to monitor and respond in real time to a patient’s health status.
Tailor Individual Treatment Plans
Improve Operational Efficiency
Leverage Data from Wearable Technology
Drug Degradation Analysis