Data and analytics have been a hot topic in numerous areas for the past five years. We often discuss the benefits of data and analytics when it comes to things like monitoring technology and making business decisions about what new technology to implement. Gathering data and analyzing it to help make better decisions has brought impressive results to a number of companies.
In the healthcare industry, this practice is nothing new. Doctors often use data analysis to track diseases and better understand risks and results from different procedures. So it’s no surprise that in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is turning to data mining to help better understand how the disease spreads, affects different people, and more.
In an exclusive from The Daily Beast, we’ve learned that Palantir, a data-mining firm created by Pete Thiel that has worked with a number of government agencies in the past, will play a significant role in gathering and analyzing data about COVID-19 for the United States.
According to The Daily Beast, Palantir will provide a major aspect of the analytics platform called HHS Protect Now that the federal government is underway creating. The company has signed a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring added expertise to the program.
According to The Daily Beast:
The HHS Protect Now platform, which is set to be unveiled later this week, pulls data from across the federal government, state and local governments, healthcare facilities, and colleges, to help administration officials determine how to “mitigate and prevent spread” of the coronavirus, according to a spokesperson for the department.
The White House will receive nightly briefings on the analysis of the data collected as part of HHS Protect Now.
This project really highlights the value of gathering and analyzing data. At this point many pieces of technology on the AV side as well as the IT side are connected to the network. If they’re connected, then they can be outfitted with sensors that send valuable data to an analytics platform.
That platform then gives insight into a number of business aspects. From how long rooms are being utilized, to how much energy is being consumed (and paid for), to different levels on manufacturing processes in real time. The possibilities are limitless, and can be catered directly to your organization.
If it’s good enough to help fight a global pandemic, then its good enough to help you make better decisions in your organization. Every technology manager should think about data analytics and how they could fit for you.