BDVA has released a whitepaper on Big Data technologies in Healthcare focused on the needs, opportunities and challenges in the adoption of Big Data technologies.
According to the report, some of the most important specific challenges presented by the health sector are:
- Big data access, availability and quality: there is a huge amount of existing data distributed in several repositories and new data generated daily by billions of connected devices or self-generated by people.
- Patients and healthcare professionals profiting from big data: there is a need to develop approaches that allow for humans and machines to cooperate more closely on exploiting big data for a better health.
- Multi-modal data analytics: there is a need for technologies, which can handle, analyse and exploit the set of very diverse, interlinked and complex data that already exists in the healthcare universe to improve healthcare quality and decrease healthcare costs.
- Healthcare knowledge: next to the big and heterogeneous healthcare data sets, there is already a big amount of medical and healthcare knowledge. This knowledge exists in books and research papers, but also in the heads of healthcare professionals.
- Ethics and privacy in a big data world: further practical approaches are needed to adequately balance the benefit and threats of more and more detailed and sensitive data being available.
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