Mentions of big data within the filings of companies in the healthcare sector fell 40% between the first and second quarters of 2022.
In total, the frequency of sentences related to big data between July 2021 and June 2022 was 68% higher than in 2016 when GlobalData, from whom our data for this article is taken, first began to track the key issues referred to in company filings.
When healthcare companies publish annual and quarterly reports, ESG reports and other filings, GlobalData analyses the text and identifies individual sentences that relate to disruptive forces facing companies in the coming years. Big data is one of these topics - companies that excel and invest in these areas are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.
To assess whether big data is featuring more in the summaries and strategies of healthcare companies, two measures were calculated. Firstly, we looked at the percentage of companies which have mentioned big data at least once in filings during the past twelve months - this was 66% compared to 50% in 2016. Secondly, we calculated the percentage of total analysed sentences that referred to big data.
Of the 20 biggest employers in the healthcare sector, Cerner was the company which referred to big data the most between July 2021 and June 2022. GlobalData identified 15 big data-related sentences in the United States-based company's filings - 0.5% of all sentences. Netcare mentioned big data the second most - the issue was referred to in 0.4% of sentences in the company's filings. Other top employers with high big data mentions included Fleury, Solasto and Quest Diagnostics.
Across all healthcare companies the filing published in the second quarter of 2022 which exhibited the greatest focus on big data came from CorVel. Of the document's 1,055 sentences, six (0.6%) referred to big data.
This analysis provides an approximate indication of which companies are focusing on big data and how important the issue is considered within the healthcare sector, but it also has limitations and should be interpreted carefully. For example, a company mentioning big data more regularly is not necessarily proof that they are utilising new techniques or prioritising the issue, nor does it indicate whether the company's ventures into big data have been successes or failures.
GlobalData also categorises big data mentions by a series of subthemes. Of these subthemes, the most commonly referred to topic in the second quarter of 2022 was 'data centers', which made up 51% of all big data subtheme mentions by healthcare companies.