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Big Data's Impact on Telemedicine

by Tech Geekk writer
The world, as we know it, has been fundamentally transformed, thanks to the mind-boggling pace at which technology has evolved. For example, today, instead of physically visiting a bank to get an update on your account, you can open an app and know everything you need to know. Similarly, the healthcare industry to has witnessed a seismic shift: Now, patients demand convenience, instant access, and so much more. Even companies involved in this sector have gone from focusing on merely remedying ailments to striving to deliver an all-encompassing experience — also, the most significant change of all -- Telemedicine.

While we have admittedly come a long way, and telemedicine has significantly eased both patients' and doctors' lives, there are still some things that continue to obstruct its way. Moreover, with telemedicine expected to grow to 41.2 billion dollar sector by 2021, the healthcare industry struggles in this regard can be inclined to by yet another global phenomenon -- big data. For starters, big data has allowed the abundance of highly complex data to be processed swiftly, delivering relevant insights.

So, let's take a closer look at some of the other compelling ways in which big data is transforming telemedicine.

  1. Tracking patients' health: The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is now a reality, thanks to wearable devices, fitness trackers, and more. Moreover, since these devices are connected to the internet, they can collect relevant data and share it to a cloud-based database, where algorithms process it and alert medical teams about any possible issues, allowing them to intervene and assist patients.
  2. Better diagnostics: If you think it is impossible to arrive at an accurate diagnosis without the patient being physically present, you'd be wrong. Electronic health records, data collected from IoMT devices, and the healthcare provider's observations, together, facilitate highly effective and efficient diagnosis. In addition to that, it can also help in emergencies, allowing doctors to advise patients safely.
  3. Remote access: The ability to access patient data remotely has allowed patients to consult doctors; they may not be able to access, at least not without some struggle. It is especially useful when patients are seeking a specialist, who are not always available in the same geographical location as that of the patient.
  4. Better patient outcomes: As you know by now, a boat-load of data is being collected in the healthcare industry, thanks to remote patient monitoring technologies. With big data analytics, this information can be used to empower doctors with a better understanding of their health condition. It, in turn, allows them to achieve better outcomes.

There isn't even a modicum of doubt that the combination of big data and a telemedicine app stands to enable improved diagnostics, efficiency, and more. It consequently, helps deliver an all-around better experience for not only patients but doctors as well as other healthcare professionals in the industry. So, if you are wondering if your telemedicine app can do with the assistance from big data, the answer is a resounding YES!

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