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With the healthcare industry beginning to use new technologies like predictive analytics, government health agencies, primary healthcare providers, and doctors must be well aware of the risks and agree on standards.
FREMONT, CA: Technology plays an integral role in healthcare worldwide, as predictive analytics has become highly useful in operational management, epidemiology, and personalized medicine. The healthcare sector, along with its various stakeholders, stands to be a principal beneficiary of predictive analytics, together with the advanced technology being recognized as an integral part of healthcare service delivery. Predictive analytics enables the improvement of operational efficiency. Big data and predictive analytics are, at present, playing an essential role in healthcare organizations’ business intelligence strategies. Although real-time reporting is relatively new, it can provide timely insights into data and can be used to dynamically adjust the predictive algorithms in line with discoveries and insights.
This technology helps scrutinize real-time patient admittance rates to determine the flow, while simultaneously providing a capability to evaluate and analyze staff performance in real-time. For instance, surge issues in hospitals creating bed shortages may be able to be addressed if the data provides insights that can be used to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.
This, in return, allows for an overall improvement of service delivery to patients, ensuring that they receive the best quality of care. The patients can enjoy an increased accuracy of diagnoses, which allows for more effective treatment of their illnesses.
Operational management can also be beneficial as the technology exists to assess weather patterns such as ambient temperature readings, and calendar variables such as day of the week, time of the year, and public holidays to forecast patients seeking care.
Furthermore, Predictive analytics in the healthcare sector also allows for a more definitive diagnosis of patients, followed by the appropriate treatment of the identified ailment(s). Predictive tools Like remote patient monitoring and machine learning can work hand in hand to support decisions made in hospitals through risk scoring as well as threshold alerts.
To conclude, predictive analytics has a strong and healthy place in the future of healthcare delivery. However, it is essential to remember that the algorithms and models behind predictive analytics are not perfect and have to be made more accountable and transparent with clear human intervention points.