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Examples of Big Data in Healthcare Applications

Examples of Big Data in Healthcare Applications

Published on: 08 Apr 2022 6 min read

Healthcare analysts utilize data analytics devices and methods to improve health prevention, intervention and management. Thus, they increase healthcare efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the patient experience.

Big data allows getting a centralized view of data from various sources within the organization, which is crucial to base insights on numerical evidence and to facilitate data-driven decisions. Here is how innovative applications can improve patient care.

Examples of Big Data in Healthcare Applications

New Vaccines and Medications, Identifying Trends and Anomalies, Strategic Planning, Telemedicine, Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention

New Vaccines and Medications

Big data can support healthcare experts in developing vaccines and medications, as proved during the COVID-19 pandemic. It accelerates the information processing and exchange, enabling them to accurately forecast the disease spread and its scope and velocity. Combining historical, real-time and predictive metrics, researchers can detect potential strengths and weaknesses of groundbreaking drugs.

Identifying Trends and Anomalies

Healthcare organizations also leverage big data to identify trends and anomalies based on patterns and events. It helps them develop treatment plans and predict at-risk patients. With the immense volumes of content processed daily, it would be virtually impossible for human experts to detect functional correlations and extract the valuable insights data analytics tools are capable of.

Strategic Planning

Big data and innovative HealthTech are at the core of modern healthcare and its evolution, as they accelerate the time to market for new medical products and services. Data analytics is critical for strategic planning as analyzing disease rates in different areas and identifying trends could serve as a basis for prevention or deploying additional services and personnel.

Strategic Planning in Big Data Healthcare


Online video conferences, wireless devices, and wearables have ejected remote clinical services from the realm of science fiction and introduced them into our lives. Telemedicine is now used in consultations and diagnostics, remote monitoring, and personalized treatment plans. This way, clinics spare resources and focus on more urgent and complicated cases. Paperwork is cut down, while patients can be monitored anywhere and spend less time in hospitals.

Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention

Most healthcare organizations have experienced data breaches and faced considerable sanctions as a consequence, not to mention losing patients’ trust and business. Data analytics is used to prevent security threats by identifying suspicious behaviors that reflect a cyber-attack. Fraud prevention is another area where analytics play a major role as it streamlines the processing of insurance claims and accelerates payments.

Big Data Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Quality of Data Complicated Virtual Experience   Legacy Systems Cloud Transformation

The sheer volume of healthcare data naturally means the industry faces issues that go beyond cybersecurity and information privacy. Read on to discover the most common challenges and how the Scalefocus remote development centers tackle them.

Quality of Data

Healthcare is an information-intensive sector. Therefore, high-quality data is crucial for the industry, as business decision-making depends on the underlying information. Unfortunately, most healthcare organizations lack the vision and experience to take advantage of their own data. It is often inaccessible or too extensive to evaluate, so they tend to overlook information and guidelines.

Intelligent applications that prepare networked data for specific operational and clinical questions are piling up. Therefore, the industry needs service providers with the expertise to analyze patient data and present it in a user-friendly way. The Scalefocus custom software services and solutions for healthcare allow organizations to gain a unified view of patient care, empower patient self-service, improve diagnostics and personalized treatments.

Complicated Virtual Experience

As complex as Telehealth solutions are to develop, it is a different story when it comes to usage and maintenance, where simplicity is key. The COVID-19 pandemic revolutionized Telehealth UI/UX, and with technology becoming more accessible than ever, intuitive design and simplified functionalities are crucial. Thus, HealthTech improves consumer experience regardless of how tech-savvy the users are.

Scalefocus has extensive experience in developing virtual experience solutions as proven by our award-winning SoFit innovative software device.

SoFit alleviates the need for physical presence during therapy and provides on-demand Telehealth services, allowing for complete rehabilitation treatment. The solution accurately tracks the patient’s movements through a wearable bracelet and depth-sensing camera.

SoFit is a scalable integrated system that delivers both hardware and software to patients who need to practice Physical Therapy or Kinesiotherapy remotely.

Legacy Systems Modernization

Legacy systems platforms create data silos that make a centralized view of data impossible, as silos hinder data-driven analytics and AI. As a result, extracting valuable insights becomes complicated, and performance inevitably suffers.

The remote work pandemic and post-pandemic tendencies have changed the means for data storage, and cloud-based solutions have successfully been replacing on-premises data architecture. Businesses that have migrated to the cloud have improved customer experience, reduced costs, and taken advantage of usable content.

At Scalefocus we utilize a data-driven approach to integrate unstructured data from different sources and break down silos. Our teams’ expertise in rebuilding our partners’ old systems allows them to leverage AI and ML innovation and increase revenue.

Cloud Transformation

Healthcare organizations often underestimate the importance of long-term cloud strategies and have doubts about their benefits. They tend to lack understanding of the whole process – what are the steps to take, in what order, which types of data can be migrated and when. As a result of inadequate planning, cloud migration does not meet expectations despite investments in pricy tech stacks.

Scalefocus offers complete restructuring of cloud infrastructure and helps organizations develop holistic strategies to transform their outdated software solutions. We identify the role of the cloud within the companies and only deploy cloud apps that accelerate workflow automation and business processes in compliance with their business models and needs.

Such expertise was especially apparent when our team developed and deployed a fully-fleshed software solution for one of our US partners – a clinical solutions provider offering next-generation healthcare coordination. We introduced over 20 new technologies to revolutionize their IT landscape with a modernized platform that rapidly builds and releases products on the market while achieving cost savings of at least 40%.

You can find the entire case study here.

Outsourcing Big Data Services in Healthcare

Besides quality systems and databases, healthcare organizations often lack qualified software engineers to build, update, and maintain them. It is quite expensive to maintain in-house teams of healthcare analysts in the United States and Western Europe, so companies typically turn to nearshore and offshore software development centers.

Areas like Eastern Europe and Asia offers a formidable and affordable talent pool that gives access to professionals with proven track records. Data analysts, AI and ML developers, UI/UX designers, project managers – you are really spoilt for choice and can recruit the cream of the crop. And that is not all – offshore teams and remote software development centers are flexible and easily scalable, and different time zones provide extended business coverage.


Big data already plays a prominent role in healthcare and impacts the research work, telemedicine, vaccines and medications development, strategic planning, fraud prevention – the list goes on.

IT Outsourcing to the Scalefocus offshore development centers gives healthcare organizations the chance to work with top tech talent with vast expertise in both big data and healthcare. Our teams use end-to-end data strategies and tailored software solutions in the areas of Transactional Databases, Enterprise, and Data Analytics. We utilize data lakes as a foundation for ML/AI that enables healthcare organizations to take full advantage of their data.

Contact us and let us know what challenges your business is facing, we will be happy to discuss the following steps.