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Big Data Integration and Governance Considerations for Healthcare

White Paper Published By: IBM
IBM
Published:  Aug 05, 2014
Type:  White Paper
Length:  6 pages

There is a lot of discussion in the press about Big Data. Big Data is traditionally defined in terms of the three Vís of Volume, Velocity, and Variety. In other words, Big Data is often characterized as high-volume, streaming, and including semi-structured and unstructured formats.

Healthcare organizations have produced enormous volumes of unstructured data, such as the notes by physicians and nurses in electronic medical records (EMRs). In addition, healthcare organizations produce streaming data, such as from patient monitoring devices. Now, thanks to emerging technologies such as
Hadoop and streams, healthcare organizations are in a position to harness this Big Data to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. However, this Big Data has profound implications from an Information Governance perspective. In this white paper, we discuss Big Data Governance from the standpoint of three case studies.