People actively, or passively, all take part in the big data movement at health care. There’s no escaping. I firmly believe that the benefit of big data is bigger than the contraindications. I wish to share with you 5 bold ways to get most out of your health data without exposing yourself to dangers. Use this checklist and get ready to improve your health by means of big data!
- Analysis is king, quality is prince and quantity is bull shit
Big data used to be a well-defined term but lately it has been used across the internet for all possible links with data in general. By result Big data does not reflect a well-structured and demarcated concept or object. IBM has a beautiful concept to explain big data.
The so-called big four, the big four are dimensions which data must fulfill in order to be labelled as big data. So not just data. The four dimensions are: velocity, volume, variety and veracity. Velocity means that a data set comes at a specific speed. Volume means how much data units a set compiles. Variety is the inter-object difference within a data set. The veracity is the certainty of a data set, in other terms how well the data represent the reality. As big data have enormous volumes it is important to extract what you need and in such way that it still reflects its true meaning. That’s the reason I made analysis king. Without proper analysis, which leads to proper understanding, there’s no way of knowing what data is useful and will lead to extraordinary results. Wrong data analysis in term also reduces the validity of overall big data. Of course the right data, which is selected by correct analysis, needs to be of quality in order to calculations with it and/or to be representative for the reality on which you’re working. And then my antihero, quantity. Quantity is amazing in case all other two are in pace. If not it will ruin all your energy. In other terms when you have a plan, selected the right data to be gathered and set quality requirements then you’ll have a great output.
- Keep track
This one is logic yet to be named. When you have big data security and processes are of great importance to have a good management. In order to be able to manage you’ll need to follow-up, keep track. Therefore I strongly advise you to stick to the plan and note down possible deviations from the plan.
- Analysis of reality is goal, not analysis of the big data
People focus darn hard on the analysis of big data. It’s great to see awaken their passion however they should even harder focus on the way this analysis will contribute to a representation of reality. Reality being the sum of all data in a well-defined concept.
- Sharing is caring
No, I don’t want you to share all your passwords for your personally owned data sets but being aware of points supra should awaken you. The biggest hurdle in big data is its analysis. That’s were most errors pop-up. The best and also most efficient way to prevent errors is to share your data, anonymously, and analysis so people can offer feedback. This way the value of your analysis will increase and by result your output will be wanted. So when you wish to create data I have only one tip: share!
Your data are yours. No doubt. Yet big social media and technology platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can outbid any individual. Therefore it’s important to join social initiatives which are a gathering of people with the same goal for their data. When your data would come across a big name and they would maltreat your data you can as an organization stand your ground and advocate your rights. Alone is alone. Saving all you data for your health apps on a google drive might give you insights but when they would leak and you need to advocate your privacy it will become a hard case. When you would organize a grouping you have more power as you represent a bigger amount of people whose rights have been violated. Health bank coop is a cooperation, citizen-owned, and can thus be a way of storing your data safely and yet not alone.
In case you wish to have more info on storing your data you can contact our patient engagement manager for more information!