The Future of Predictive Healthcare

In terms of big data and how it relates to the healthcare field, numbers are constantly expanding. This isn’t only a comment on the number of patients being treated, but how the field is working to reinvent itself. Last year alone, big data in healthcare netted $30 billion – to a market that has yet to tap into a fraction of its potential.

In the mean time, however, data pools are growing as well, with the same falling-short-of-what-it-can-do results. Until both patients and healthcare providers jump on the bandwagon, this is a trend that’s apt to repeat itself. Like any great idea, predictive healthcare can’t see its full potential without user involvement.

The Future

However, that doesn’t mean the market isn’t growing at an impressive pace. According to insurance and data experts, big data is the next solution in healthcare. With a potential to create more than $300 billion in value every year – by leveraging the facts and results it provides – more and more patients can see the benefit from this ongoing analysis. This is true both of physician awareness and of preventative measures.

In New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, computers have been programed to analyze ongoing risk factors of its patients. (The same factors that are most often overlooked by human error.) By integrating that software with big data, the hospital has already seen a decrease in potentially fatal blood clots by 30 percent. And that’s only the beginning – imagine what these computers could do when programed to catch multiple human oversights, and receiving a constant flow of updated figures.

Big data can also work to target specific risk factors by population, age, location, race, and more. By combining virtually every factor into a common structure, healthcare can work together with its patients to find more effective and efficient long-term solutions.


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