Big Data and Health Care: An Interview with Rod Smith

An interesting chat about how one institution has embraced Big Data.

I know a thing or two about data, especially the big kind that is so popular today. Far too many people, however, still think of data as rows as columns in a spreadsheet.

Sure, that type of structured data is important. Big Data doesn’t change any of that. The power of unstructured data is hard to dismiss, especially given the proliferation of powerful text-, photo-, and video-mining tools being developed.

I’m hard-pressed to think of an industry that could benefit more from mining unstructured data than health care. The power of this type of information is a major emphasis in Too Big to Ignore. Along those lines, I recently sat down with Rod Smith of IBM. In his role, Smith serves as the VP of Internet Emerging Technologies to talk about how Seton Health Care used the unstructured data on patient records in fascinating ways. We also discuss how to get doctors on board with emerging technologies.

Watch the video here.

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I wrote this post as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program. It provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise, and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. IBM has compensated me to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies, or opinions.


This post also ran on Huffington Post.

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