If you don’t follow technology and innovation closely you may not know that Intel is more than just a chip maker

 Mark Blatt - Worldwide Medical Director at Intel Corporation retired - Semiconductors

They are in the healthcare industry, utilizing Big Data to bring about change in patient care.

Dr. Mark Blatt and Joan Hankin of Intel will be participating at the C3-Summit, addressing Big Data in healthcare and Intel’s work in the area. The panel Joan will be moderating and Dr. Mark Blatt will be on is “The Promise of Big Data Computing for Clinical Support and Personalized Medicine.” (Go to the C3-Summit to get more information and register. For a complimentary admission use the code urfriend.)


Big Data is non-normalized data. It’s the information that is non-structured that comes off nurses’ and doctors’ notes, the image itself from a x-ray, the information from your wearable tech, etc. Big Data means to take this non-normal data, all of it, to use it all in real-time and make decisions with that. Between 5%-10% of institutions utilize Big Data. This is expected to grow to about 50%.

Joan Hankin RN-C MSN - Global Director of Marketing and Business Development Healthcare & Life Sciences at Intel Corporation

Big Data has already shown to help improve patient care. Dr. Blatt worked with a hospital system where they found a high number of re-admissions for those who dealt with heart failure. Looking at just the charts they initially couldn’t find the cause for this. They determined it to be a Big Data problem. Within the nursing notes, the doctors’ notes, social workers’ notes, all had alcohol as a common variable. Through analyzing the notes as Big Data they were able to catch the pattern and then address it.

At this point, it’s about building the infrastructure to make this happen. Digitize data and move to EMR, to have information available in a digital format. From here you can take the normative and non-normative data together to find solutions to problems. Now, to house all this data and bring them together becomes the problem for a Data Scientist. Thing is, most Data Scientists do not have a clinical background. Then you need to not only house the data, but now develop the algorithms for this. The team you will need are clinicians who understand workflow, statisticians who can translate the stats of a business problem into an algorithm, and data scientists who can model that in a Big Data environment. IT builds the infrastructure and the clinician that makes meaning out of the data.

Intel is good in this aspect to help build the infrastructure for this data to exist, collate, analyze, curate, validate, annotate, and visualize the data in a way for a human being to absorb. They have a team of scientists devoted for this development that do ethnography around tech; medical anthropologists, to help figure out what is the best way to present information to people. Intel will be instrumental in answering the questions, “How do I keep it personal and keep it private?”

Prior to joining Dr. Mark Blatt Intel he was the managing partner of a five-provider group in Family Practice. He practiced family medicine for 15 years before returning to Yale University to earn his MBA (2000) in finance. Dr. Blatt earned his Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College of Union University (1979). He completed a residency in Family Practice at the University of Connecticut (1982). He then served two years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service before starting private practice.

Joan Hankin is currently the World Wide Healthcare Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation. She is a Masters prepared Nurse Practitioner from the US. Over the past 13 years, she has focused her healthcare experience in the technology field. Before coming to Intel Corporation, her technology experience was at such companies as HP, Sun Microsystems and Web MD.