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If you're choosing what to study, you may have stumbled across data analytics. Safety analysts in both public and private sectors have been tracking statistics for a long time now. However, this slow science has been replaced today by something far more powerful - data analytics. Data analysis provides a fascinating field of study that's not only improving business and technical processes of all kind, but helps to identify patterns and predict solutions that are keeping us safer in many ways.

Medical Practice


Everyone is aware of the growing costs of medical care and the insurance premiums to cover it. But modern health facilities are being outfitted with tracking devices such as RFID chips and scanners, bar codes, and cameras to track their processes. These technologies constantly gather information which can be analyzed to improve the flow of patients, supplies, and staff. This on-going analysis develops more efficient processes, and with them higher levels of patient care for improved medical outcomes.

Traffic


There are about 16 million auto accidents each year. Every state and some large cities implement data collection systems for monitor traffic volume and flow. Camera systems, sensors, and ground level switches allow a steady stream of data. Analysis can be used both statistically and to generate digital test modules that help determine traffic signal phases to provide the safest and steadiest flow of traffic. Civil engineers can use the same data to design safer highway access and intersections.

Workplace


Many companies today are monitoring and analyzing safety data. By collecting information on the circumstances of every accident, including video, they can run analyses that help determine why each accident took place and how it could have been prevented. Incidents like improperly stacked boxes tumbling over are evaluated and compared with similar events. This suggests policies and guidelines that reduce recurrences and develop a safer work environment for employees.

Law Enforcement


Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. For instance, a thief is usually looking for an easy victim with something of potential value. Law enforcement can put the circumstances of every crime into a database. Analytics allows them to discover patterns and probabilities that not only predict the situations where crimes are most likely to occur, but ways to block these opportunities. With burglary, for instance, it's been discovered that tagging your property will reduce the chance of it being stolen by 49 percent.

Collecting, organizing, and analyzing information provides good indicators of where problems are, forecasts future performance, and measures how well corrective measures work. Data analysis drives progress in a growing range of interests, and itís something you can be involved in. Today you can even get a masters in data analytics online, so if this is a subject thatís interesting to you there is no reason not to go for it.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Wednesday, August 9th 2017 at 3:31PM
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