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Fighting Sepsis with Real-Time Analytics

Fighting Sepsis with Real-Time Analytics

March 4, 2014 | Alex Woodie

With many diseases, doctors have the benefit of a blood test that, more or less, definitively proves the presence of the disease. But for other conditions, such as sepsis--a bacterial infection state that kills millions of people each year--there is no single clear-cut test. But thanks to new big data techniques that can continuously monitor and analyze the interplay of more than 100 signs and potential symptoms of sepsis, hospitals are detecting the condition earlier, and saving both lives and money.Read more...

How Fast Data is Driving Analytics on the IoT Superhighway

How Fast Data is Driving Analytics on the IoT Superhighway

April 15, 2014 | Alex Woodie

The promise of big data is morphing into the fast data opportunity. Unless you have the capability to respond to the Internet of Things and the trillions of data points generated by smartphones, sensors, and social media, the business opportunities of fast data can pass you by.Read more...

Inside zDoop, a New Hadoop Distro for IBM's Mainframe

Inside zDoop, a New Hadoop Distro for IBM's Mainframe

April 17, 2014 | Alex Woodie

IBM and its partner Veristorm are working to merge the worlds of big data and Big Iron with zDoop, a new offering unveiled last week that offers Apache Hadoop running in the mainframe's Linux environment. By gaining Big Blue's seal of approval, zDoop could change the big data landscape for organizations that rely on mainframes.Read more...

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Big-Data Backlash: Medical Database Raises Privacy Concerns

Big-Data Backlash: Medical Database Raises Privacy Concerns

April 17, 2014

A controversial big data initiative designed to create a huge U.S. database of medical records intended to help patients and their doctors make better health care decisions is raising privacy and other ethical concerns.Read more...

Data Analytics Used To ID At-Risk Heart Patients

Data Analytics Used To ID At-Risk Heart Patients

April 11, 2014

A pilot project using predictive modeling of data, some of it "unstructured," in electronic medical records helped identify thousands of patients in a Virginia health network at risk for developing heart failure.Read more...

Data Sharing Provides Rx for Cutting ER Costs

Data Sharing Provides Rx for Cutting ER Costs

April 7, 2014

A two-year-old data-sharing initiative mandated by the State of Washington aimed at reducing healthcare costs has yielded a 10 percent decline in the number of unnecessary emergency room visits by Medicaid recipients.Read more...

Healthcare Agencies Ill-Prepared for Big Data, Report Says

Healthcare Agencies Ill-Prepared for Big Data, Report Says

March 26, 2014

Big data analytics is positioned to offer the healthcare industry many benefits, such as improved trial safety, real-time disease tracking, and better outcomes, but first agencies must have the appropriate infrastructure and analytical capabilities in place. According to a recent survey conducted by MeriTalk on behalf of EMC, only one in three federal agencies has successfully launched at least one big data initiative. Yet more than half (59 percent) affirm that fulfilling their agency's mission over the next five years will depend on successfully leveraging big data.Read more...

Google's Flu Analytics Fail Highlights Big Data's Shortcomings

Google's Flu Analytics Fail Highlights Big Data's Shortcomings

March 14, 2014

Big data has enormous potential for assisting public health efforts, but without sufficient context, numbers can be misleading.Read more...

Medicare Data Dump Prompts Deep Analysis

Medicare Data Dump Prompts Deep Analysis

April 14, 2014

The Obama administration's decision to release a huge volume of data on Medicare payments to physicians provides a rare look at how payments are unevenly distributed among the nation's doctors.Read more...

Healthcare: This Just In

WANdisco to Provide UCI Health with Continuous Hadoop Availability

March 4, 2014

WANdisco, a leading provider of high-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data, is pleased to announce that it has completed its first Big Data deployment through its Hortonworks channel partnership with the University of California's Irvine Health ("UCI Health").Read more...


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