|Two Israeli doctors are now persuading to make more investments for big data in the healthcare industry / Photo by: Max Pixel|
Big data is helping many industries by providing pertinent information necessary to improve efficiency and effectively collating and collecting data for future studies and the search for recurring patterns.
As more and more are looking into big data technology’s effect on the healthcare industry, the Big Data TLV health international conference has attracted the attention of clinicians, researchers, venture capitalists, and even start-ups to in the hope of helping them “foster the increased application of big data and artificial intelligence technologies in healthcare.
Professor John Halamka of Boston’s Harvard Medical School told The Jerusalem Post that the future of a healthcare closely linked with big data can help improve predictions and diagnoses through simple data that can be collected on smartwatches and other similar devices so that the “how do you feel?” question is no longer so vague to understand.
Halamka said, “A lot of countries think that if we just digitize the paperwork then we will have achieved an electronic workflow. Is Amazon just digitized paper? No…it is transforming the way you imagine retail. Healthcare needs to do the same across the world.”
Halmaka added that the push should both be headed in the right direction (healthcare industry), as well as have the right goal in mind (guiding wellness efforts for quality and safety). Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, deputy director general, chief medical officer, and chief innovation officer at Sheba Medical Center, also agreed with Halmaka.
Zimlichman said, “Healthcare is at the convergence of the understanding that the current way that we’re doing health needs to change because it’s unsustainable—and taking data to the next level, which is the ability to learn from data.”
Indeed the future of healthcare rests in not only big data, but also on the incorporation of more healthcare-related machines and IoT tech like wearable devices, sensors, and the like. Through these devices, the industry will be able to build larger data sources, which will, in turn, be useful for the industry.