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Make Data Work
5–7 May, 2015 • London, UK

Hadoop and healthcare

David Richards (WANdisco)
9:45–9:50 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Keynotes, Sponsored
Location: King's Suite
Average rating: **...
(2.80, 20 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Attendees would need a good understanding of big data and its practical use cases.


We are at a pivotal moment in the history of healthcare. Information is now available on almost everything that determines our health, which in turn can be translated into better, more effective and more efficient care. Our healthcare system should be a digital pioneer, using data to provide better outcomes for the taxpayer and patients through improved and streamlined care.

The huge amount of data currently stored by the NHS represents an enormous untapped resource, when considering how our healthcare system can be made more effective. By centralizing these records and mining the information, crucial insights will be found into how resources can be allocated as efficiently as possible, and where the gaps in healthcare provision are to be found.

It is in all of our interests to embrace big data; however, the benefits of such a project have not been fully communicated to the public. More needs to be done to mitigate the fears and concerns of those worried about the use of our data and explain the life-enhancing benefits of data-driven healthcare.

One hospital in California has utilized Hadoop technology to build predictive models and algorithms that monitor trends to intercept and avert infections, and monitor patient recovery for complications, drastically improving the level of care provided for patients. Doctors are informed immediately when patients’ vitals cross a key threshold, enabling round-the-clock observation of large numbers of patients. The hospitals of the future are very much within reach, and here in the UK we should be leading the way.

Big data can also be utilized to get to grips with the outbreak of an epidemic, enabling humanitarian agencies to determine where a disease is going to spread to next and therefore allocate resources in a target way to bring the outbreak under control. Real-time multi-center ingest collating unstructured data from a diverse array of sources offers unprecedented insights into how and where best to respond, and where precious resources would have the biggest impact.

Sponsored by WANdisco

David Richards


David is CEO, president and co-founder of WANdisco, and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies.

Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan, and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of AltoStor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the big data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

David has become recognized as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on the London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth.

With over 15 years’ executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in enterprise software and is recognized as an industry leader in enterprise application integration and its standards.

David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, and the Daily Mail.

David holds a BSc degree in computer science from the University of Huddersfield, England.