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July 28, 2017
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The Doctor Is In! (The Cloud or on Prem)

Last week I wrote about how Big Data is transforming the oil & gas industry. This week I want to touch on the healthcare industry. This is yet another front in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is transforming our lives in ways Dr. Quinn never could.

Consider some of the ways the healthcare industry is now leveraging Big Data:

  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Telehealth
  • Insights into patient behavior
  • Managing chronic diseases
  • Improving patient experience
  • Reducing the per capita cost of healthcare

Forward-thinking healthcare providers now capture their patient’s medical records with Hadoop. They’re ingesting structured and unstructured data into a data lake where caregivers and researchers can analyze the combined dataset in myriad ways at once. They’re innovating the healthcare industry, and saving lives, with new and exciting analytics.

The central theme of this innovation is value-based, patient-centric care, which consumers are growing to expect. Effective management and utilization of patient data is no longer a friendly perk of visiting the doctor, like a lollipop. It’s an expectation. And it’s rapidly growing the industry.

Just how big is Big Data in healthcare? Depending on which market research report you go with, anywhere from roughly $40 billion to well over $100 billion dollars in the next five years.

That’s why many of the top, household names in healthcare already use Hortonworks. These are Fortune 1000 companies using advanced analytics of their data-at-rest and data-in-motion to deliver the best in patient care and to save lives. Here are just a few ways that Hortonworks healthcare customers leverage Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF):

  • Monitor patient vitals in real time
  • Access genomic data for new cancer treatments
  • Track equipment, medicines and caregivers with RFID data
  • Store medical research data forever
  • Machine learning to screen for autism with in-home testing
  • Reduce cardiac re-admittance rates

Many of the top pharmaceutical companies use Hortonworks as well, as they improve the quality of their pharmaceutical yields, while lowering their costs and increasing the availability and accessibility of these life-saving drugs globally.

To learn more about how healthcare companies use Big Data and Hortonworks, visit

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