Big Data and Healthcare – It’s a Great Match

Big Data and Healthcare – It’s a Great Match

A patient has arrived at his primary care physician’s office. His symptoms are unusual – some fit one diagnosis but others do not. Traditionally, that doctor has had to rely on his training and experience, his medical journals, and, occasionally, consultation with colleagues.

Big data has changed all of that. With access to a huge database of global medical information, that doctor can now input all of the symptoms and have spit out to him potential diagnoses, based upon patient histories from everywhere. Not only will he obtain potential diagnoses but, as well, treatments that have proved to be successful.

Big Data Disruption

Big data has disrupted many industries. It has drastically altered the way in which financial services, insurance, and even investment enterprises do business. But a key industry that is less discussed, one in which big data has made a huge impact, has been health care.

Exactly What is “Big Data?�

We now have the technology to gather huge amounts of information from multiple sources. That gathering is useless, however, unless that information can be categorized and synthesized so that it makes sense to users. Fortunately, we have the technology to do that too.

So, in the healthcare industry, for example, we can gather ...

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Protection for Your Business Data: The Must-Have of 21st Century

Protection for Your Business Data: The Must-Have of 21st Century

Why should you protect your data? After all, it’s only now seen as the most valuable resource in the world; even more valuable than oil, in fact. What’s more, while it can be a challenge to steal enough oil, to steal enough data is a synch. After all, Snowden managed to steal 20,000 files from the NSA using nothing more than a few thumb drives. That’s the NSA we’re talking about!

So why should you protect your data? Because if you don’t, then you might well end up with a similar fallout when a disgruntled employee or outside hacker decides to get at your files and do serious harm with them.

The question, of course, isn’t if you should protect your data. That goes without saying. It is how to protect your data.  That’s what the rest of this article is going to be devoted to.

Know what you need to protect

Step one is identifying the data that actually needs protection. Some things do. Some things don’t. Some things that absolutely need to be secured are things like:

Customer data. This is stuff like transaction accounts, private information like names and addresses, personal data of any kind and anything else that might be sensitive.
The ...

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How Big Data Can Change the Education System in Few Years

How Big Data Can Change the Education System in Few Years

Big data is offering us the opportunity to look at things we could only guess at before. This allows us to look at things from new angles, study them in ways that were impossible just a few years ago and get new insights that we didn’t even know where out there. In this way it is changing almost every industry it’s touching, like healthcare, logistics and – yes – education.

The thing about education is that because it’s quite a conservative industry, many of the changes are still on the horizon. That means that we’re going to see some dramatic changes over the next few years that will transform the industry dramatically. Here we’re going to explore some of those changes and ramifications so that you can see which way the tide is flowing. That will let you make informed decisions and stay ahead of the curve. 

It allows us to recognize problems earlier

In traditional teaching atmospheres, children could often struggle in silence for months before the problem really manifested. By that time, they were often so far behind that it made it incredibly difficult for the student to catch up again. It would often take serious help from the teachers, the ...

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