The caveat is, of course, that all predictions are wrong but on the other hand we know that analytics will grow- just not exactly how much.

Whilst predictive analytics features strongly in this article it is in the humdrum world of day-to-day healthcare that analytics will drive significant benefit. The number of hospital wards that still have "analogue" white boards to chart which patients are in which bed. When the patients change wards and the associated equipment also changes, the result is often that management and nurses "loose" patients. 

How much better when analytics not only shows accurately where each patient is, and what medical equipment is attached/associated with each patient but displays this on a wallboard and/or digital whiteboard. Even better when ward staff can change the data in the ward and in real-time the hospital analytics are updated and it is easy to trace where patients are. 

No more relatives trailing from ward to ward to find their dear ones! Analytics not only delivering efficiency but service to patients. To achieve that, analytics must offer write-back as well as present & visualise data. Found in traditional analytics products but not in many of the new agile vendor's solutions.

Take this one step further. care homes throughout Europe are often linked to call centres. Mrs Brown feels ill, and then a dialogue ensues between care home staff, call centre agents and, if necessary, doctors or ambulance. How much better if the self-service analytics platform can send link to take photos, video to help decide if actual visit is necessary. Combined with medical IoT and telehealth you begin to service the patient or care home resident better and achieve productivity efficiencies by combining analytics and write-back in one closed loop platform.

Data driven decisions in fact!