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New Report Reveals Big Data Opportunities in Healthcare

  • By Allie Philpin 
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A new report, The Big Data Cure, released by MenTalk and underwritten by EMC Corporation has revealed the new technologies, such as M2M (machine-to-machine) and mHealth, is changing the healthcare industry.  MenTalk surveyed Federal healthcare executives to gain an overview of the use of Big Data in the industry and the results were quite surprising.

63% of respondents reported that Big Data will help them to track and manage the population’s health more effectively; 62% say it will improve patient care within VA and military health systems significantly; a further 60% believe it will heighten the delivery of preventive care.

When it comes to Federal healthcare agencies, 1 in 3 believe their agency has launched at least one Big Data initiative successfully; 35% of them use Big Data for improving patient care, 31% use it to reduce the cost of care delivery, 28% for improving the outcome of health, and 22% to gain better early detection rates.  That said, only 34% have actually invested in solutions in order to optimise data processing, and even fewer have IT professionals that are trained to analyse and manage Big Data; nor do they have a senior management that is aware of the Big Data issues.

Dan Dougherty, Vice President at EMC Federal, said: “Big Data analytics, mHealth and M2M technology can make an impact in key areas including helping to more successfully manage chronic conditions with improved preventative care-monitoring, and addressing symptoms before they become acute.”

Founder of MenTalk, Steve O’Keeffe, added: “47% of Feds say the successful use of mHealth technologies and data has the potential to be more impactful than the discovery of penicillin.  That’s a real shot in the arm for improving Federal healthcare.”

By Allie Philpin

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