Data for good is a common theme here on the APEX of Innovation, especially how it’s transforming industries like healthcare and saving lives in our communities. In case you missed it, we’ve written about smart motorcycle helmets and robotic surgeons, as well as how big data analytics is accelerating healthcare diagnosis and improving accuracy. But the stories do not end there.

Below we look at some newly uncovered examples that not are not only transforming healthcare delivery but impacting our day-to-day lives to make us safer.

Improving Medical Services Efficiency

The reality in Emergency Rooms around the world is that in some cases, a few critical moments can mean the difference between life and death. Thanks to big data analytics, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams are collecting and analyzing more data than ever, across a wide range of parameters, including stats on 911 calls and response times. This new level of intelligence is helping improve operations. For example, by knowing more about the location and type of emergency, as well as available personnel and equipment, dispatchers can more accurately—and quickly—send the resources needed for each emergency. This is leading  to better patient outcomes and helping to save lives every day!

Reducing Patient Infections

In the U.S. alone, approximately one of every 20 people admitted to the hospital suffers from some form of infection, costing an estimated $10 billion per year and endangering thousands of lives. At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, predictive analytics solutions are helping bring the number of surgical infections down by as much as 74 percent. By analyzing more data to better identify at-risk patients, the hospital is able to make the right interventions at the right time to improve patient outcomes. Learn more about the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics story here

Increasing Safety in Smart Cities

Smart cities are another place where big data analytics is improving public safety and saving lives. A recent Smart Cities Dive piece detailed how emergency responders, including police and fire, are benefitting from smart cities technology. One example: Pinpointing the exact location of an emergency using advanced sensors and tracking systems that are commonplace in smart cities today. Citizens are also playing a bigger role in public safety with messaging apps, texts, and social media moving the reporting process beyond simple phone calls, providing videos, location data, and other real-time insights to further inform first responders.

For more on data for good stories, check out this recent APEX of Innovation post on how big data analytics is helping fight climate change.