9 tips for getting started with big data

March 20, 2013 in Medical Technology

With big data promising enormous clinical and financial rewards for healthcare, but posing just as many technical and strategic challenges, the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) has published a study mapping the way forward for providers at the starting line.

“Health care providers face significant obstacles in implementing analytics, business intelligence tools and data warehousing,” writes iHT2 CEO Waco Hoover in the report. “Health data is diverse, comprising structured and unstructured information in a range of formats and distributed in hard-to-penetrate silos owned by a multitude of stakeholders.

Moreover, he writes, “each stakeholder has different interests and business incentives while still being closely intertwined.”

The white paper, “Transforming Health Care Through Big Data,” is meant to offer providers some models for “innovative uses of data assets that can enable them to reduce costs, improve quality, and provide more accessible care.”

Drawing on the expertise of leaders from Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Sharp Community Medical Group, Newton Medical Center and University of Manitoba, the report seeks to help hospitals and health networks overcome the headaches and hurdles on the way to the big goal of big data, says Hoover: “to make better, evidence-based decisions.”

And there are plenty of challenges. The industry is still in its infancy when it comes to data collection, for instance, 43 percent of providers say they’re unable to collect sufficient data to improve care.

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