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Charlie Schick
Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Charlie Schick, PhD, is Director, Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM, driving solution development, sales consulting, and go-to-market activities.

What would you like to know about your patient? And what’s keeping you from knowing it?

September 19, 2013 | by Charlie Schick, Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences
I’ve noticed an interesting pattern with some of our healthcare customers. First, they tell us that they are either struggling or taking too long to answer the basic questions, be it for metrics, or regulatory reports, or basic running of the hospital. Then, they start their big data and analytics...

Where Do Clinical Trials Go After They Are Completed?

June 25, 2013 | by Charlie Schick, Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences
I’ve been trying to delve into a topic I normally avoid—clinical trials. But it’s not about how clinical trials are run, or how to design one. I’m more interested in what happens to clinical trials data once they are completed. Do folks actually mine their clinical trial archive for insights? As...

Saving Lives at 1,000 Data Points Per Second

March 27, 2013 | by Charlie Schick, Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), announced their work to develop a bedside early-warning system for brain pressure in traumatic brain injury patients. At the core of this system is InfoSphere Streams, which can ingest and analyze, in real-time, huge volumes of fast-moving data –...

The Fusion of Big Data and Little Babies

October 10, 2012 | by Charlie Schick, Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Using big data analytics to save the lives of newborns.  There are a range of diseases and syndromes in newborns that, if undetected and untreated, can be fatal or debilitating. For example, phenylketonuria (PKU), an amino-acid metabolic disorder, can lead to severe developmental issues.

The Big Opportunity for Big Data in Healthcare

August 16, 2012 | by Charlie Schick, Ph.D., Big Data Solutions, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Among healthcare executives interviewed for the 2010 IBM Global CEO study, 90% expect a high or very high level of complexity of data over the next five years, but more than 40% are unprepared to deal with it. The volume, velocity and variety of data are outpacing the ability for healthcare...