How Big Data Has Changed Healthcare

 

Big data is basically a buzzword that describes the huge amounts of data that some corporations and agencies have on their computer networking systems. Not that long ago, hospitals were still keeping much of their patient information in print in simple file cabinets.

Just moving out all of the file cabinets wasn’t the only great thing that the incorporation of big data did for hospitals and other companies. It opened up avenues for more efficient and safer storage of patient information and medical information.

Better Service To Customers

By getting rid of the old paper filing system and moving to an online system, hospitals made it easier to quickly help their patients. While there is still paperwork that needs to be filled out, the majority of the information is stored online, from patient information to the doctors records, recommendations, and prescriptions.

The system allows doctors to more easily access the information they want, without having to flip through a huge file of paperwork. They can also more easily track prescriptions that could interact with others, although it is still important for patients to pay attention to what they are told in office and compare it to what their prescription says when they pick it up.

The Importance Of Protection

You can’t just throw patient information onto a service and call it good. Just like your own personal information when you use a computer at home, the medical big data systems have to have protection. Patient’s names, addresses, and private medical information must be protected at all costs.

Network security is a must have on the server and network in any hospital that is keeping patient information on computers. Not only does this create protection for the patient, but it keeps the hospital from losing thousands of dollars in court, over misplaced and hacked information.

Saving Money

The fact that there is no need for a giant filing system, moving medical records to big data helps cut back on employee hours, paper waste, and more. There is still the need for people that can do data entry, and sometimes this can even be hired out to virtually employed individuals.

It also saves money by making treatment more optimized. Big data doesn’t just make a place for data to be stored, but it can also be used to find trends in different illnesses and treatments. This way doctors can look ahead and get an idea of what may happen to a particular patient given their illness and course of care, allowing them to make the right plan to help each individual.

The money savings doesn’t just reflect on the hospital itself though, patients can also see it. Even if it doesn’t seem as though doctor visits are getting any cheaper, it may be visible in the fact that you spend less time waiting and more time healing, which is less money out of your pocket in the long run.

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How It’s Being Used

As mentioned earlier, bug data is being used greatly int he healthcare field as a way to predict the future of certain illnesses, as well as a way to more accurately monitor patient care and provide accountability for doctor actions.

By reviewing data of highs and lows in a specific patients records, and then looking at similar records, doctors can provide more adequate care for cancer patients and more. It opens the medical field up to discover more amazing things, like the recent cure for Hepatitis C, which there was recently no cure for.

The next time you go to the doctor pay attention to the way your information is being handled, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about how they are safeguarding your private medical information.

 

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