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Apple and IBM say big data will save lives

14/04/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


Apple and IBM have reached a new agreement to use big data analytics to turn digital health into so much more than a step counter – the conjunction between these and others in the healthcare space will impact every part of health provision.

Think on it like a car -- your Ford Fusion already sends 250GB of data back to Ford, whose analytics systems will then let you know if something is wrong (or going wrong) with your car. Now imagine that sensors on your iPhone, smartwatch or clothing did the same thing, gathering health data to share with your medical analytics provider, who will tell you if something is wrong, or about to be.

This isn’t far-fetched. The data already exists (the quantity of health-related data is expected to “double every 73 days by 2020,” according to the University of Iowa), the challenge is making useful insights from this information, particularly with 80 percent of this gathered data left unstructured at present.

The size of the health data mountain demands powerful big data analytics systems capable of crunching it, while the realisation of useful insights demands the kind of deep learning intelligence IBM’s Watson provides, when it isn’t winning Jeopardy. The new Apple deal is an important component of IBM’s mission to launch global health analytics cloud, Watson Health, as it enables even more accurate data collection through ResearchKit.

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