Without data there won’t be any medical research. In order to design or test new medicines, the life sciences industry structures, analyzes and compares digital data on a daily basis.

With new technologies that conduct reliable patient data – such as wearables given to a test audience or sensors within hospital beds – the amount of data to investigate is growing rapidly. On the one hand that’s great news, it quickens the research process and ensures a more accurate outcome, which increases patient safety. Thanks to new digital technologies, these growing amounts of data can be used by multiple parties in a reliable, transparent way.

On the other hand, from an IT management perspective, these large sets of data might cause several headaches. Storing sensitive data on-premises, like it’s been done for many years, has proven to be difficult nowadays. The rapidly growing amount of data requires additional computing power, storage, servers and high level security standards. The question is: should life sciences become experts in IT and data security or should the industry stick to its core business? Read more.

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