4 Ways Medical Devices Industry could benefit from Cassandra
Healthcare is one of the most complicated and largest industry in the US, is heading towards tapping the potential of Big Data to make healthcare healthier. With the advancements in technology regarding wearable devices, e-health & m-health plus IoT, the volume of time-stamped data gets increased drastically. This Big Data, if used wisely, could enhance the quality of patient care, patient engagement, predicting diseases, reduce healthcare costs and time and prevent security breaches and fraud. The potential of Big Data seems very significant, but it is no easy feat to realize them without a proper database in place.
This storyline of the healthcare industry is directly or indirectly hooks up the medical device manufacturers to rethink their existing business models and create a value proposition for customers through devices with innovative analytics solutions. This transformation of medical device industry is further fueled by increasing emphasis on quality of care and treatment, digitalization of care delivery models and stern regulatory compliance focusing on patient safety and cost-containment, empowered/informed customers and emerging technologies. It is tough to meet this goal with a legacy database management system. An advanced database technology like Cassandra could serve as the holy grail of Big Data because of its ability to:
- Scale boundlessly
The projected growth rate of volume of data being generated in the healthcare industry will soon be in zettabyte or yottabyte scale. The traditional RDBMS is not designed to scale up to meet the occupy the exploding amount of data, whereas Cassandra offers the flexibility to scale up to any size at the lowest cost, just by adding nodes or clusters to the environment whenever required.
- Always-available & promise zero-downtime
The price of data outages and downtime in healthcare is measured not just in terms of money and time, but in lives. A life-saving application or device cannot depend on a legacy DB that has a single point of failure, and that undergoes chronic performance issues. Cassandra’s ability to deploy in multi-data center keep the system running, even when an entire data center is lost.
- Seamlessly integrate with cross-platform or cross systems
In the healthcare ecosystem, there are numerous sources of data, such as laboratory reports, clinical reporting systems, customer support, financial, administrative, and pharmacy data and electronic health records (EHR), and these data could be structured or unstructured. Cassandra easily integrates with various data sources and helps to search any data easily and quickly within the same database platform.
- Access Near Real-time Data
The rapid expansion of accessible and consumable patient data is no longer fit to undergo the legacy method of collecting and processing information. It must instead gain insights from data while it’s in motion, providing provider and patient with real-time insights in a user-friendly interface. Cassandra can deliver near real-time performance through its ability to store and access data in columns, execute fast inserts, use distributed counters, and by taking advantage of solid-state drives.
Cassandra could be the spine for any medical device manufacturing enterprise to develop competitive and intuitive analytics solution for the healthcare industry by efficiently managing the big expanding data. Check out what’s in our box for you – Cassandra as a Service!
Author Credits: Archana Ramesh, Asst Manager- Marketing, 8KMiles. You can reach her here.