Healthcare's Missing a Big (Data) Opportunity

Big data—large and unwieldy data sets that contain a treasure trove of potential for healthcare research and discovery—could change healthcare in a big way...if only the industry could figure out how to manage it. The government, researchers, and private companies are trying to help.

3 comments on "Healthcare's Missing a Big (Data) Opportunity"
Beth (10/13/2011 at 11:11 AM)

Nearly 200 people gathered in Minneapolis just yesterday to discuss this very topic at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit. The day included excellent presentations and lively discussions. Mark your calendar for next year's Summit. More at:
Patricia (10/12/2011 at 11:23 AM)

Big Data[INVALID]making sense of patterns and trends over time in large databases then doing things differently as a result[INVALID]has transformed every industry but healthcare. The way we manufacture precision instruments, shop for shoes online and manage air traffic has changed forever with big data! Farzad Mostashari gets it right when he states that we need a new mindset, not just more complete data. For starters, I'd like to be able to see my year over year cholesterol numbers in a chart[INVALID]and I'll bet my primary care physician would too. This isn't big data but it would indicate a change in mindset. Making sense of trends over time rather than snapshot after snapshot of a condition could bring about improved outcomes at lower cost....Just like what has occurred in other industries.
Jennifer N (10/11/2011 at 3:59 PM)

The government's incentives can help jump-start the movement of this "big data" into electronic form. It's a huge task not only to share medical data but also to transfer such a massive amount of data onto a new platform. But like this article stated, there are so many benefits to sharing and analyzing big data. There is a great article from OptumInsight that presents a good way to look at how to collaborate on the macro level in order to successfully manage population wellness with an IT framework:


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