Big Data Saves Lives
In today’s society, Big Data is revolutionizing how the world runs, especially in the health care industry. All types of data, from patients to the vast amount of medical information, continue to grow exponentially, and Big Data allows all of the material to be gathered and collected in one general space. By shifting from soft and hard copies to digitalizing the large amounts of data, this shift allows the health care industry to run faster and smoother. The Big Data Analytics will enable health care to make more insightful medical decisions, improving health care to be more productive. Overall, Big Data improves the quality and efficiency of life, finds new models of treatment for the rapidly changing illnesses, and prevents any new epidemic from occurring.
Technology has advanced a lot throughout the past years, both in the medical field and in our personal devices. There are many medical devices used in hospitals, from glucose monitors to electrocardiogram to blood pressure monitors. The use of these machines usually requires another visit to the physician, wasting more money and time. However, technology has allowed individuals to live a more efficient life. There are many smart monitoring devices out on the market that can detect the patient’s needs and can supplement the need of a nurse or doctor. Only in times of emergency would a physician’s advice be in need. These at-home monitoring machines allow for a cheaper way to for patient care. Additionally, there are other applications and devices that track our health. There are applications that collect our data, from tracking how many calories one has ingested to the distance one has traveled in a day. Other devices such as the Fitbit or Samsung Gear Fit, allows people to track their lifestyle, in comparison to the other people around them. In the near future, these devices and applications could also be shared with a physician, allowing health care specialists to take medical precautions when needed. The technology behind health care is very beneficial, allowing individuals to lessen the visit to a physician, yet still maintaining their health.
As the population continues to grow, the volume of patient information and medical treatments increases. Instead of regularly diagnosing patients with their conditions, physicians aim to accurately diagnose patient conditions, matching treatments with outcomes and predicting patients at risk for diseases. An example of this would be through the machine-learning system from Georgia Tech. They treated patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and other heart diseases and noticed an improvement with the system. The algorithm from the machine-learning system enabled the machine to analyze more factors in patient charts than doctors and was able to increase the ability to distinguish the patient’s condition more accurately. Big Data also allows for personalized medicine, medicine tailored specifically to a person’s need, taking into account their medical background and genetic makeup. Personalized medicine is more practical and beneficial to patients, reducing readmission and further problems. Advanced analytics behind the patient and the condition, additionally with a genomic analysis, effectively improves the health care treatment.
Big data is also very beneficial to health care because it helps prevent the spread of epidemics. There are various illnesses exposed to people and Big Data assists researchers with the information to analyze the problem. An example of this is the Ebola virus in Africa. Mobile phone location data provide scientists with valuable information to track the population movement, which helps predict the spread of the Ebola virus. This data provides insight on the best treatments to restrict the movement of the illness. Thus, there is a big data source of many types of viruses, bacteria, diseases, etc., and all of the information aids public health in creating a safe community. It’s important to notice a potential virus and the data analytics allows for the efficient way in doing so. Technology and analytics protect many people each year because, without them, the world would be a dangerous place.
All in all, Big Data is very beneficial to the health care industry and serve many purposes in medicine. It has allowed for a more productive and efficient system for patient care. Through the years, big data definitely revolutionized and improved health care, advancing people’s lifestyle, discovering new treatments for patients, and preventing the spread of potential diseases.
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