Information technologies are again at an inflection point, and 2016 will see many new ideas and technologies convert into useful innovation. My colleague and Dell Statistica's Chief Research Officer, Shawn Rogers, made several predictions recently regarding the use of and application of analytics in 2016. These predictions are very applicable to the healthcare domain.

Technologies enabling the efficient collection and storage of data are driving increasingly faster (high-velocity) and bigger (high-dimensional) data volumes. It is now possible to monitor patients around the clock, inside or outside of the hospital, to verify compliance with treatment protocols, risk, progress towards better health, and so on. This year may well be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT), where such applications enabled through real-time data collection become commonly used, commercially successful and possibly indispensable for modern healthcare.

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