Big Data Trends in 2018 to Watch For

Drew Laroche

The amount of data stored on the Internet-connected servers around the world is nearly incalculable. The big four data tech companies’ servers – Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook – hold more than 1.2 million terabytes of information alone.

We’re only now on the cusp of creating the computational power necessary to analyze this data, and put it to good use. When it comes to healthcare, having more data and more ways to access it and analyze it can lead to better patient care.

Below are some big data trends we should all be excited by.

Digitizing “Dark Data”

Hospitals and insurers are just absolutely inundated with data records. And despite living in the 21st century, many of these records are still stored on paper. This system is far more inefficient in terms of both access and transferability.

But all this is changing. Hospitals are rapidly digitizing all of their “dark,” or physical data records. This makes it easier to access and analyze patient records to make more informed decisions regarding patient care.

A.I. & Big Data

Useful applications for A.I. are still in their infancy, but it’s coming nevertheless. The A.I. health market is estimated to reach $6.6 billion in market value by 2021.

Smart robots won’t be replacing doctors anytime soon, but they may be able to help us store and analyze large data sets faster than any human could in the near future.

When it comes to providing patients with the best, most time and cost-effective care possible, implementing A.I. can only be a good thing.

Quantum Computing

Your average computer today stores information in digital storage blocks in RAM or on a Harddrive as known as bits. But quantum computers are emerging, and they can store data in blocks even smaller than bits.

This means that these computers can store and process more data at a faster rate than our current computers. With these computers, we will be able to make even quicker, more informed healthcare decisions using data sets larger than we thought possible.

A Growing Internet of Things

The “Internet of Things” is an idea that tech experts have been throwing around for quite some time now. The IoT refers to the idea that we should be connecting as many inanimate objects as possible to the Internet so that we can record an even larger body of data. With cloud computing, this is more possible than ever.

For example, if your refrigerator could connect to the Internet, you’d be able to control the temperature remotely or inspect its contents from your phone or laptop.

In the healthcare field, imagine if an EKG machine was wirelessly connected to the Internet? You’d be able to check on and record their vitals without ever having to step in the room.

Need Help Staying on Top of These Big Data Trends?

Some of these big data trends won’t come to fruition for years to come, but some healthcare organizations are applying certain elements now. If you’re an executive at a healthcare organization, you may want a team of qualified, HIPAA-compliant IT professional to help you keep your data storage systems on the cutting edge.

Consider contacting us to find out what our company can do for you.

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