Exploring the healthcare data mine

The healthcare sector is primed to jump on the 'big data' bandwagon as vendors sharpen their focus on unstructured data analytics.

The provision of healthcare is associated with the generation of ever-increasing amounts of data, the vast majority of it unstructured. Until recently, the focus of analytical software has been to scrutinise structured data, which only represents an estimated 10 to 20 per cent of generated medical data.New natural language processing (NLP) tools could be the key to analysing the masses of healthcare data that falls outside the capabilities of existing tools. IBM has launched a solution supporting the analysis of unstructured and structured medical data.

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