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Editor's e-Note
Data analytics was a driving force in health care during 2017, and the upcoming year promises no let-up.

The technology in this niche continues to evolve, with new tools and ideas emerging on a regular basis. In this month’s E-News Exclusive, an industry expert lends his thoughts on what’s in store for 2018 in terms of technology and the power of the internet.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
2018 Data Analytics-Related Predictions
By Jake Freivald

IoT Ubiquity Leads to Hyperconnectivity
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to be one of the most disruptive technological advances in recent ages. In 2018, we’ll see the effects of a hyperconnected universe as IoT becomes ubiquitous. Connected refrigerators and personal electronics such as Alexa are already mainstream as sensors become less expensive. Now consider how organizations are adopting IoT—traffic cameras that register everything from license plate images to pollution levels and even traffic speed, wearables that capture health data such as your pulse, and “industrial internet” configurations that include thousands of sensors on a single manufactured item, such as a turbine.

Generating vast amounts of information, these sources will potentially provide nontraditional data, such as video and audio, which must be integrated to provide quality insights. Some intelligence will reside “at the edges,” where the sensors are; however, the data often must be analyzed in tandem with other data sources to offer value. When done correctly, IoT data offers companies unprecedented opportunities to drive efficiencies; optimize labor, energy, and other resources; cut costs; and operate more competitively. Organizations will strive to rapidly ingest, contextualize, and analyze big data from the IoT and act on information from the connected world in new ways.

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Black Book recently announced key findings from a 2017 survey that found that more than eight in 10 provider organizations lack a reliable enterprise leader for cybersecurity, while only 11% plan to get a cybersecurity officer in 2018. When it comes to payers, 31% have an established manager for cybersecurity programs currently, with 44% planning to recruit a candidate in the new year.

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