User needs and requirements analysis for big data healthcare applications

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2014;205:657-61.


The realization of big data applications that allow improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare care delivery is challenging. In order to take advantage of the promising opportunities of big data technologies, a clear understanding of user needs and requirements of the various stakeholders of healthcare, such as patients, clinicians and physicians, healthcare provider, payors, pharmaceutical industry, medical product suppliers and government, is needed. Our study is based on internet, literature and market study research as well as on semi-structured interviews with major stakeholder groups of healthcare delivery settings. The analysis shows that big data technologies could be used to align the opposing user needs of improved quality with improved efficiency of care. However, this requires the integrated view of various heterogeneous data sources, legal frameworks for data sharing and incentives that foster collaboration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Database Management Systems / organization & administration*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical / organization & administration*
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration*
  • Medical Record Linkage / methods*
  • Needs Assessment*