Infographic: The Body as Big Data

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Medical imaging has transformed the healthcare industry. Specific aspects of the human body can now be examined and diagnosed without the need for invasive surgical procedures. In addition, teleradiology and telemedicine are now possible with ready access to digital images, coupled with the increased adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs). Remote diagnosis and second opinions can be easily obtained via remote access to medical files for real-time discussions and analysis.

But this transformation of the medical industry does not come without challenges. One of the major obstacles is the storage capacity and retrieval times due to the growing size of medical images, as depicted in the infographic from NetApp.

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