My brand new Xbox One has a new feature — its Kinect camera recognizes users’ faces and automatically logs them in. The new feature saves me nine clicks and 45 seconds compared to my old Xbox 360. Microsoft correctly recognized that people are too busy for their videogames to turn them into data entry clerks.
It’s the same thing for doctors. Doctors can use Big Data algorithms to help provide better patient care, but those algorithms are very data hungry. Who will enter all that data? Patients already wait weeks to be seen and then sit in the waiting room despite an appointment. The last thing we want is doctors doing even more data entry that further delays care. At the same time, we want computers to provide great decision support to doctors.
Can we realize the benefits of Big Data without suffering the pain of Big Data entry? Using modern technologies, this may be possible