Publication date: Sep 21, 2019
“Big health data” generated from patient health records, diagnosis, genomic sequencing, medical research, smart devices, wearables holds the potential to transform healthcare & deliver personalized medicine Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Related: 4 Ways Savvy Entrepreneurs Stay Focused on Health When Traveling for Business -Big health data” is the immense data generated from patient health records, diagnosis, treatments, genomic sequencing, medical research, smart devices, wearable, and various other sources.
This data holds the potential to transform the healthcare industry, from precision medicine and drug research to population screening and effective decision making.
Longitudinal patient health records now enable tracking of real-time clinical data of individual patients.
Successful integration of these multiple data sets is key to precision medicine.
Latest technologies are also being used to structured clinical data, identify patterns in the patient population, cluster/segregate population using clinical and molecular data points, identify mutations in large sets of genetic data, automate workflows, and help clinicians make informed decisions in real-time.
All stakeholders in precision medicine ecosystem can utilize this data: healthcare providers can improve patient care, patients can educate themselves and collaborate with their physicians, researchers can improve study designs, health technology community can design and improve the data platforms, decision-makers can use this to maximize the health benefits and improve healthcare coverage and access.
Challenges with Utilization of EHRs and Genomic Data in India Patient health records in the form of EHRs are currently heterogeneous – stored in multiple sources, formats, and databases.
Insufficient amount of genomic data is collected in India due to limited research and development; India has around 18% of the world’s population, but only represents less than 1% of existing global genetic data.
Medicine is all set to undergo a digital transformation – the future will see how healthcare community progresses from anatomy-based medicine to an all-inclusive, data-driven medicine that integrates data science, data analytics, digital health, and precision medicine.
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