Big data is quickly expanding to a number of industries, and healthcare is no exception. With the use of big data, all kinds of medical records and studies can be digitized and easily analyzed. However, using big data in the healthcare space comes with its own set of challenges that anyone involved in the industry should be aware of.
The U.S. government and other private organizations have poured billions of dollars into digitizing medical records, but so far the data has basically just stayed where it is. Next to nothing has been done to analyze and actually use that data, in large part because the data is incredibly difficult to use and interpret. Medical data is often stored in databases, which tend to not be easily compatible with each other. Some of the best and most useful information is often added to records as freeform notes, which can be hard to digitize and interpret. Medical records also pass through multiple people’s hands, from nurses to techs and doctors, before making it to the digital world, meaning it is relatively easy for errors or discrepancies to enter someone’s personal information. One of the biggest pushes for big data in healthcare is ...
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As companies continue to adapt to changes in big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), there are certain trends which will shape 2017 that companies looking to maximize their ROI and productivity need to monitor.
The IoT and big data analysis have a broad impact on businesses, affecting areas such as risk assessment, risk management, and business strategy. According to a Business Insider report, proper IoT implementation and usage could boost business profit by lowering operational cost, increasing productivity, and enabling market expansion and new product development. However, businesses face well-documented challenges, such as security, that currently hampers the proper implementation and utilization of the IoT and big data analytics.
Some of these challenges and opportunities will be better explored in 2017. Here are some improvements expected in 2017:
Enhanced IoT Security
The security risk is one of the key challenges that has hampered the wide adoption of the IoT despite its potential. The risk to the interconnected devices, the platform, the communication, and the operating system is still a serious threat for many businesses. Enhanced securities that can shield IoT devices from physical tampering and information attacks, encrypt communications, and prevent battery-draining denial of sleep attacks will be available is 2017.
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