During a presentation at Health Data Management’s Healthcare Analytics Symposium, John McDaniel, national practice leader at data storage and management vendor NetApp, laid out the sobering reasons why data analytics are coming to the health care industry and must be embraced.

Start with a “unibyte.” That’s 10 to the 24th power, the amount of data the health care industry is rapidly reaching, with the amount growing more than 40 percent annually for the next decade, he said. The data comes from clinical documentation, genomics, personal monitors and sensors, medical images, electronic health records, health information exchanges, claims, and machine-to-machine transfers, which is the fast growing data source and partly fueled by telehealth/telemedicine.

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