Leverage Big Data and Analytics to Tackle Zika Virus and Other Deadly Diseases
Needless to say, its Big Data everywhere. The buzzword is in limelight for quite some time now and is giving out unbelievable opportunities to the business companies and organizations that are striving to find solutions and ways to simplify complicated problems.
Big Data holds immense potential to do wonders for the world. Let’s take India’ example, India is undertaking a project that will help create detailed, accurate and verifiable national records of all its 1.25 billion citizens that will further facilitate improved services on food, water, health and other needs of the people.
The same data can not only benefit and improve these billions of lives but can also be used for combating various health threats that the world is currently facing.
Not long ago in 2014, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa dramatically raised alarms on growing global burden of deadly diseases and concerns about preparedness of the public health systems. We did not completely overcome the impact of Ebola that now again in 2016, we are subjected to yet another medical threat with Zika virus. World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared it as an international public health emergency that may affect 4 million people as it spreads across the America.
To fight against Zika, Big Data and analytics can be the major role players as they were in dealing with endemics such Ebola, flu, and dengue fever. Although, the statistical modeling and massive data sets are being used across the healthcare industry to respond towards the emergency, experts believe that still there is a lack of support infrastructure that is needed to push the corrective measures ahead and start the work at ground level.
The multiple researches conducted with the help of the Big data have significantly accelerated the development of certain vaccines for flu. Results from various studies carried across the world have helped better analyze the impact of the various components that enable the growth of different viruses. Apart from the micro-biologists, even the epidemiologists use the technology to detect the spread of such outbreaks.
Limiting the research and data to a certain geographic locations may mislead the results and the measures devised to deal with the situation. Thus, as per the industry insiders, more and more data sources must be analyzed for such predictive analysis and vaccine-makers, CDC, health agencies and all related entities must be well-connected even before an outbreak completely takes place.
With Zika virus spreading so fast, it is really essential to control the problem with a broader perspective. Thus, to put in use analytics-derived insights in this filed, there’s a need for ideal platforms that can analyze multiple data sources and create analysis reports. This well-filtered, detailed and real-time information will help vaccine and drug developers to make more powerful vaccines and drugs to combat the disease. The information can also be used to spread more awareness among the public against the issue.
Dovetailing the above, Big Data has already done wonders while dealing with certain complicated global issues and holds broader potential to continue doing so. From a technological perspective, the big data technology can be smartly leveraged to gain insights to develop the remedial vaccines for Zika virus by isolating and identifying every single aspect of the virus’ characteristics. Moreover, the use of technology must be encouraged among the people as well as among the health care systems and groups to spread more awareness against the threats, consequences and possible solutions.