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Healthcare Industry Faces Big Data Revolution

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Healthcare Industry Faces Big Data RevolutionHealthcare Industry Faces Big Data RevolutionThere is some notion that the healthcare industry has to embrace the requirements and opportunities presented by big data environments.

In a conversation with Information Week, Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California suggested that healthcare organizations should recognize a trend which requires the management and analysis of data.

As examples, there was a note of genetics, which can produce significant amounts of data in genome sequencing and will be increasingly important in personalized healthcare solutions. Also, the growing penetration of wireless wearable medical devices will deliver data on a massive scale. Such scenarios call for qualified and dedicated staff as well as applied solutions to interpret data.

Jackiewicz believes that academic medical centers will evolve to become hubs to store and analyze data that can be made available to community medical centers as well as local physicians. "An academic medical center can really bring expertise to bear," Jackiewicz said.


Wolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the conceivablytech.com blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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