Originally posted on Gigaom:
Slowly but surely, health care is becoming a killer app for big data. Whether it’s Hadoop, machine learning, natural-language processing or some other technique, folks in the worlds of medicine and hospital administration understand that new types of data analysis are the key to helping them take their fields to the next level.
Here are some of the interesting use cases we’ve written about over the past year or so, and a few others I’ve just come across recently. If you have a cool one — or a suggestion for a new use of big data within the healthcare space — share it in the comments:
- Genomics. This is the epitomic case for big data and health care. Genome sequencing is getting cheaper by the day and produces mountains of data. Companies such as DNAnexus, Bina Technologies, Appistry and NextBio want to make analyzing that data to discover cures for diseases faster, easier and cheaper than ever using lots cutting-edge algorithms and lots of cloud computing cores. Dell (s dell) is providing computing power for two research centers to try and treat a particular form of pediatric cancer based on each child’s specific genetic profile.