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Data Engineering in Healthcare: How can it Help?

Data science enables advances in medicine and healthcare. Doctors and researchers can now work faster and more accurately to do their research, from diagnosing cancer to studying drugs. Digitizing healthcare makes medicine more accessible. It improves the quality of diagnostics, tests, and advanced training of doctors. Clinics and health establishments are gaining new opportunities to respond to their business challenges.

Data has become an essential element for predicting patients' health, care, and stage of recovery.

How is Data Used in Healthcare

The key tasks of data engineers are to collect, structure, and process large amounts of data for a deeper understanding of the human body. The data have enormous potential for the revolutionary development of the Healthcare industry.

Healthcare data are vast amounts of patient health information coming from a variety of sources, such as:

  • electronic health records (EHRs)

  • patient portables

  • genetic databases

  • research studies

  • mobile phones

  • search engines

  • public records

  • wearable devices

  • government agencies.

Сollecting technologies and information analysis allow doctors to identify both diseases of individual patients and give a forecast for the state of health of an entire social group. Big Data is key to the development of preventive measures in medicine.

Advantages of Healthcare Data use

The use of data-oriented tools in the healthcare industry has a real impact on patient health and the effectiveness of health systems through:

  • improving decision-making with real-time analytics

  • improving patient-centered care and improving its quality

  • identifying threats to health and improving disease monitoring

  • facilitating rapid and transparent collection of large data arrays

  • reducing the mismanagement of resources and, as a result, health care costs;

  • identification of fraud cases.

Key Healthcare Data Challenges

Skills. Data management requires specific technical skills that are not always available in healthcare establishments.

Security. Another major challenge when using large amounts of data in healthcare is data security. Big data storages are attractive to hackers. That is why most healthcare organizations protect sensitive personal data. All medical applications must meet data security and HIPAA requirements.

Quality of input data. Data is taken from different sources and has different formats. Working with poor-quality data can lead to diagnostic errors or incorrect treatment. Input data must be standardized, unified, and free from duplicates and mistakes.

Secure data privacy. All data solutions created to manage medical data must meet HIPAA requirements.

Visualization of confidential data. It is critical for creating images, diagrams, or animations to convey medical messages. Visualizing sensitive data, scalable and correct security solution require customized applications, specific management, and specialized analytics software.

Today, the automation of healthcare following the requirements of the modern world is very acute. The implementation of best IT practices increases profitability and maximizes the productivity of a medical establishment. It makes easier to collect, process, and store information obtained during a diagnostic examination. DataEngi has broad competencies in Health Data management and offers effective healthcare Data solutions development using the world's best IT Data technologies.

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