In the ancient world, people used recording books and parchment papers to file confidential information and they kept them locked in storehouses. However, they could not prevent them from being worn, lost, burned, stolen, or etc. In today’s world, things have changed substantially.
‘Knowledge is power’ is therefore not only a famous Game of Thrones line but also an expression describing today’s digital world in total. In today’s society, almost everyone can hold the power and keep it. Thanks to digitalization, “mining” is not only a term used for the definition of digging gold or gemstones anymore. It also has a digital meaning about obtaining and collecting the data, therebeside, storing it safe and secure.
With the growth of technology, data mining is a much easier and more practical way of knowledge discovery in the database process. Thus, data science methodology is used for gathering, processing and analyzing the data when practicing the data mining methods. Thanks to data mining, there can be an analysis of historical data in business intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics applications.
Furthermore, data mining is effective in fraud detection, risk management, and cybersecurity planning. Regarding all of this, it plays a major role in healthcare, government, scientific research, mathematics, sports and so on.
What is Data Mining in Healthcare?
Today, the data mining process has a great deal of importance especially in healthcare. As much as the pool of health information keeps growing, the processing and interpreting of medical big data becomes much more difficult. For this reason, data mining in healthcare is basically used for optimizing costs, improving patient outcomes and preventing fraud.
Thanks to the use of data mining in healthcare, data can be formed into a compiled, meaningful and large block of information from segmented data by exploring and analyzing it, so any medical organization can have a major strategic advantage. Owing to a huge amount of data, doctors can compare their patients’ history and symptoms with current clinical research or similar cases so that doctors can make more conclusive and evidence-based diagnoses in a short time.