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Over the years, the concept of data analytics has become a highly significant part of the development process. Especially, when it brings all the necessary efficiency needed to complement decision-making across industries, seeing the concept progressing at such a fast pace is no surprise.  

However, if it is one industry that has witnessed extensive utilization of Data analytics, it is no other than healthcare. From improved patient care to a better health landscape, data analytics have helped in the betterment of everything from diagnostics to outcomes.  

A quick example of the same can be natural language processing where the data is used by healthcare brands to analyze and disseminate critical care. Be it the use of automated voice commands in digital healthcare systems or the implementation of the patient voice in operations, it is all about creating more personalized experiences and dynamic support using value data. 

Since BugRaptors is associated with big data testing for quite a long time, we would like to discuss in detail the need for big data analytics in healthcare while highlighting the evolution of the healthcare industry and the impact that data analytics has made on the industry with time.  

Let’s begin! 

Data Analytics In Healthcare: Shaping Of The Trend 

Data analytics has a very important role to play in the evolution of the healthcare industry. And we are not just talking about the speed and accuracy of patient care. Actually, data analytics has helped healthcare professionals to improve the entire process of diagnosis and therefore preventative medicine to foster better health status.  

One of the primary reasons behind the introduction of data analytics into the healthcare industry was to cope with the extensive costs. Data analytics works as a base for more efficient treatment of patients while reducing any unnecessary expenses that might add due to improper decision making.  

Especially, when the digital healthcare scenario has so much data to accommodate, data analytics works as a base for collecting, refining, and yielding productive outcomes from the information gathered through electronic health records, prescription data, support staff portals, healthcare apps, and any IoT devices involved.  

A quick example of the same could be tracked with data analytics technology used to tame the sudden spread of the COVID-19 pandemic where government bodies and healthcare institutions used the technology to predict a rise in cases, make strategies, and take preventive actions.  

Understanding The Role Of Data & Analytics In Healthcare Sector 

Finding handwritten medical records is something that we all have witnessed as a common practice unless the tech took over. From patient notes to prescriptions, doctors and healthcare providers used hardcopies to keep account of data. The digital form of recordkeeping is not only more convenient but enables healthcare brands to process that data for more informed patient support which includes diagnosis, prescriptions, and overall treatment.  

Besides, the vast availability of healthcare data has enabled medical experts to use data warehouses for generating reports aiding advanced analytics. Rather it is advanced analytics that has only enabled the healthcare industry to foster predictive modelling and facilitate the overall management to yield effective care.  

On that note, let us quickly dive into learning 10 ways in which data analytics has completely redefined the healthcare industry improving everything from patient care to disease prevention:  

  • Enhanced Diagnostics 

The primary reason why data analytics found its way into the healthcare industry is the need for managing volumes of data. This involved the information that can help rapid diagnosis and more accurate treatment. Therefore, healthcare app companies aimed at algorithms that could analyze the available data to run the most relevant tests and complete the diagnosis, eliminating any delays with the treatment or unnecessary testing.  

  • Better Patience Experience 

By analyzing patient data, healthcare experts can look for the right treatment and best results. Data analytics thus helps doctors to treat patients with serious health concerns such as chronic renal diseases, cardiovascular problems, etc. Besides, the use of data with NLP allows for measuring and monitoring the patients and physicians with sentiment analysis to figure out how impressive the treatment goes.   

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  • Improved Health Outcomes 

Since patient care is the key to improved health status, data analytics allows healthcare service providers to make decisions based on predictions. In other words, it allows medical professionals to plan treatments ahead of time, be it any issues like diabetes mellitus, mental issues, or any non-communicable problems.  

  • Enhanced Patient Interactions 

One of the most powerful examples of data analytics improving healthcare scenarios is the use of NLP in patient care, providing essential aid to patients even for the most complex medical terms. Besides, the voice data generated from patient care using NLP could be processed to understand the patients' personal experiences. It, therefore, allows for improving the strategies related to patient care and interactions assuring the best care for all.  

  • Health Indicators 

Big data analytics can also be used to work on health indicators that define the chances for major health concerns like diabetes or mental disorders that might lead to increased suicide mortality rates. The data can be used for diagnosis and prediction related to death from specific health issues along with tracking recurring problems. Ultimately, it helps in informed decision-making to avoid suicide attempts, patient monitoring in rehabilitation centres, and even providing aid to trauma patients.  

  • Enhanced Patient Experience 

As we have mentioned earlier NLP serves as a base for medical institutions learning about patient experience and how they feel, the sentiment analysis data can help classify patient feedback. Such categorization could aid users to understand various aspects of the service and therefore offer a more reliable patient experience.  

  • Better Procedure Making 

Another significant reason data analytics makes a critical component of healthcare services is the advantage to develop patterns or trends that can drive the decision-making process. Since AI technology is widely being used in almost all verticals, pairing it with health data could enable improving surgical procedures complementing the process followed by surgeons and surgical robots.  

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  • Preventative Care 

Big data analytics allows healthcare providers to predict the probability of any major or minor health issues that a person might be developing based on their behaviour or lifestyle. The technology thus enables doctors to locate early warning signs for any major health issues for effective treatment of diseases.  

  • Enhanced Management 

Another significant reason that makes big data essential for the healthcare industry is the advantage it offers in improving operations, processes, and costs associated with the right care. Since cost is a major concern related to healthcare services, big data analytics provide information that enables better planning and thus trimming the cost of treatments.  

  • Monitoring and Telemedicine Support 

With time, big data analytics, AI, ML, and many other tech solutions have found their place in the healthcare landscape. And to make things more streamlined, the concepts of the Internet of Things and Telemedicine were introduced enabling patients with effective care without even visiting any facility. Establishing this entire virtual process could be only made possible with the effective use of data leveraged through big data analytics.  

The Crux 

Concluding it, the implementation of big data analytics works as a tool to aid the healthcare industry. Besides, modern-day healthcare apps and software still have a long way to nurturing big data analytics to reform healthcare services.  

Since technology is the only way out to better medical facilities and health for all, it is only the right execution and precise production that could offer the best. And if you are struggling to yield the full potential of your healthcare software, reach our team to find the best support for healthcare testing services.  

For more information, reach us at info@bugraptors.com   

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Sahil Verma

“Domain knowledge and test coverage are directly proportional to each other” , A statement that has been the key to a better test planning. With overall 10 + years in Quality Assurance domain Sahil Verma has always focused on the business use cases and business needs while progressing in STLC. Sahil’s belief that any application / software can be bug free has been turned into reality by adding extra check points in basic phases of the process. Not only better quality in the software but also focusing on better work life balance has made him a better leader in both of the aspects.

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