Future Healthcare: Will Digital Data Lead to Better Care?

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Evgin Goceri

Abstract

Currently, datasets used in bioinformatics and computational biology are high-dimensional, complex and multivariate. Analysis and processing of data is vital in medicine; however, manual analysis and pattern recognition with big data is difficult, and processing of large and weakly connected datasets is challenging. The increasing complexity of healthcare systems causes high health cost. To provide better healthcare services at reduced prices, computer-aided tools using smart approaches and context-aware computations are of great importance. Advancements in wireless network technology, mobile devices and pattern recognition applications help solve the cost problem of healthcare systems. In the future, patients will be able to participate in healthcare as their own health manager and observe important parameters like body fat amount and blood pressure. However, open issues related to this topic exist. In this paper, we present a survey of smart healthcare environments and smart hospitals and discuss some questions and challenges in this area.

Keywords: Future healthcare, healthcare system, smart hospitals, smart environments.

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