By Suresh Katta, Founder and CEO, Saama Technologies

I am just back from a whirlwind trip to Europe where I was fortunate enough to meet with a number of Fortune customers and prospective customers that shared with me some of the fascinating ways they are either using or plan to use their data.  Here are a few of the ways data science and analytics are being put to work, perhaps they will inspire you like they inspired me.

A large pharmaceutical customer has given Saama its real-world evidence-(RWE) related dataset — including patient-level Electronic Medical Records data and medical claims data, – to conduct “disease pathway” analytics.  The outcome will be a better understanding of the correlation between lifespan, quality of life and the different pathways in the current multiline therapy regimen used today in managing chronic diseases.  Using a data science approach in the treatments for chronic diseases – like cancer or diabetes – data science driven analytics of these complex RWE datasets can help illuminate the most optimum therapy regimens and support clinical decision-making.  As a result we can predict what is likely to most help a patient, what likely will not work, and how long to try a particular therapy regimen or drug before giving up and moving on to something else.  Think of it, millions of past patient experiences can be instrumental in helping current and future patients to realize optimum outcomes.