How To Face the Data Firehose from Digital Devices

It’s a connected world: How To Face the Data Firehose from Digital Devices

by Nathan Eddy

Healthcare stakeholders can better manage the volume of information from medical devices. With a projected 50 billion medical devices expected to be in use over the next decade, managing data flow will be a primary concern for healthcare organizations as they confront data management, interoperability and security challenges.

“Healthcare data growth is actually growing faster than areas like manufacturing or financial services,” said Bill Betten, president of product development consulting firm Betten Systems Solutions, during a roundtable discussion at the MD&M BIOMEDigital virtual conference. “In addition to that, the Internet of Medical Things market is expected to grow to $158 billion by 2022 — there’s real money in that.”

Betten was a moderator for a roundtable discussion titled “Managing the Data Firehose of Digital Technologies.” The rapid growth of healthcare data is a massive challenge, he said, and by 2025, the healthcare industry will produce 10 zettabytes of data. (One zettabyte is equal to 1 trillion gigabytes.)

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