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Special ArticlesTypical family home could contain 500 smart devices by 2022
The falling cost of adding sensing and communications to consumer products will mean that a typical family home, in a mature affluent market, could contain 500 smart objects by 2022, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that the smart home will be an area of dramatic evolution over the next decade and will offer many innovative digital business opportunities to those organizations who can adapt their products and services to exploit it.Read More
Special ArticlesCompanies satisfied with business outcomes from big data
Some 92 percent of executives from companies that are applying big data to their businesses said they are satisfied with the results, according to new research by Accenture. Another 89 percent of respondents rated big data as “very important” or “extremely important” to their businesses’ digital transformation, and 82 percent agreed big data provides a significant source of value for their companies.Read More
Special ArticlesGeorgia Tech’s ISyE Department forms Health Analytics group
When deciding on a course of action in the world of healthcare, there’s very little to no room for error, so collecting and using good data to drive decision-making is amplified in importance. Today, given the increasingly complex and massive amounts of healthcare data collected, the ability to accurately capture, integrate and analyze this data is crucial in helping to better understand current issues and make better decisions within healthcare delivery and public health systems.Read More
Healthcare: The quiet reform
If you want to know where healthcare is headed in the United States, ignore the political partisans and pundits and pay attention to what’s happening on the ground. Long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became both law and a political football nearly two years ago, the industry quietly began reforming itself, driven by the purist of interests: survival and prosperity, in that order.
For this special issue of Analytics, we invited a variety of analysts who work or consult in the healthcare sector to contribute articles based on their particular experience and expertise. One of the first invitations went out to Tom Davenport, who literally wrote the book on analytics (“Competing on Analytics”). Tom contributed a piece on one of the most significant problems facing the healthcare industry as it charges into the future: analytical integration.
We also interviewed a handful of industry leaders and stakeholders from the provider, payer and pharmaceutical segments to give us a well-rounded view of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape (“Analytics & the future of healthcare”). The one message we kept hearing over and over again from all sides was this: Skyrocketing costs have rendered the current U.S. healthcare system “unsustainable,” market forces are calling for a performance-based system, analytics are crucial to this paradigm shift from “volume” to “value,” and the transformation is inevitable. In other words, the 2012 U.S. presidential election might slow down or modify healthcare reform (depending on the results), but it won’t stop it.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Atanu Basu, founder and CEO of Ayata, a Prescriptive Analytics® software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Atanu, who has a personal and professional interest in the intersection of analytics and healthcare, brought many of the contributors to this special issue to my attention. An enthusiastic supporter of all things analytic, Atanu also served as a co-author of the introductory article to this special issue.
As several of the articles in the issue point out, healthcare providers were – for many years and many reasons – reluctant to embrace analytics, but now the industry appears on the verge of leapfrogging to the forefront of analytical applications. Needless to say, it’s a welcomed development and sets the stage for a promising future – for analysts, for the healthcare industry, and most of all, for patients.
As always, we look forward to your comments.