“That’s a big personal library”

June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. Worldwide healthcare data is estimated to grow to 25,000 petabytes by 2020. In a recent article, IBM stated each person generates one million gigabytes of health-related data across his or her lifetime, the equivalent of more than 300 million books. “That’s a big personal library” Ten percent (10%) of the information in your lifetime collected about you will be formal medical records. Another twenty percent (20%) will be genomic data and that’s just starting to happen. That leaves us with seventy percent (70%) which people are calling exogenous data that includes what your Fitbit, Apple Watch, Medical Body Area Networks (MBAN), smart, and connected sensors capture everyday. As illustrated below, the Watson Health Cloud brings together all this clinical, research, and social health information together in a de-identified HIPAA enabled data repository. The era of Cognitive Healthcare has arrived and I’m looking forward to how this will enable all-of-us to make more effective strategic healthcare decisions in the future.

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