1. How can Big Data Integration and Analytics improve the Health sector?
The healthcare industry has become data rich through the digital transformation of healthcare, and we now have more data flooding in than we know what to do with. We need modern architectures like Big Data to help us deal not only with the volume of data, but the velocity, as it’s only going to increase exponentially. At a basic level, big data allows us to ingest data from a variety of data sources (patient records, census information, environmental data, images, Internet of Things data from devices, etc.) and build data sets for analysis and pattern detection without the limitations of traditional data warehouse design patterns.
This allows us to analyze our historical data to create a baseline of where we are and build a foundation for maturing into predictive and prescriptive analytics. Big data then allows us to create predictive models based on a number of factors for improving patient care (early sepsis detection, diabetes risk, early heart failure detection) and optimizing our care delivery models (readmission rates, population health risk stratification, patient engagement).
2. Which growing or future technology innovation are you personally excited about?
I’m most excited about Artificial Intelligence (AI), as it will truly revolutionize how we deliver care in the future. I see today’s AI learning capabilities on data sets (the bigger the set the better) opening up new insights for hypotheses about basic care and operations. In the future it will allow for exploring countless molecular pathways for drug development addressing a wide spectrum of diseases. It will provide physicians with augmented-reality diagnostic tools that can detect disease states years before any symptoms develop. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) we will not only be able to collect and analyze that information but transform and tailor how those devices interact with our patients. We are still in the early phases of big data and advanced analytics but we are keeping an eye out for the disruptions that AI could potentially bring to the table.