Big Data is revolutionizing the way we do business- from warehousing to aeronautics, and everything in-between. It is therefore only logical that technology be applied to one of the most important aspects of our lives: healthcare.
In Health Information Management – or healthcare in general, for that matter – there arises a peculiar paradox. Physicians and eligible providers alike should be able to perform their role solely from the many years of training and experience they learn over the course of some time, as has been the case for years. However, there are many tools from the data collaboration that can greatly benefit doctors, including spotting potential problems for a patient that a doctor may miss. Even the most highly trained doctors can only view so many variables in our human bodies.
A computer, on the other hand, with blood test results, a complete medical history going back several years, and any other tests performed, has a processing and analytical ability far beyond what any human could possibly catch. The ability to use trend analysis and database tools will single-handedly revolutionize the practice of medicine and health.
This is doubly true for aggregate results in determining circumstances for targeted demographics. For example, one can almost instantly ascertain the percent increase each year of all Hispanic men between the ages of 35 and 50 with high blood pressure, or can determine a quantitative trend in African-American women with diabetes over the age of 40 with a few short clicks and filters.
While this certainly doesn’t replace experience, wisdom, or intuition, it does beg the question – what will be possible in 20 years when a patient’s EHR began at birth?
No one can say for certain, but data has certainly changed the industry in the last decade. Having cross-platform integration of EHRs is slowly evolving, and the benefit of programs like Meaningful Use and other pertinent data certainly helps speedup full implementation. At present, there is still a mountain of data that has not been entered, and a significant amount of benefits that could be added once every patient is entered and data accumulated.
In addition to having the information in one place, another benefit is the speed and complexity at which data can be accessed and stored. With EHRs and integrated data, there is very little wait, while processors and computers can analyze almost instantly and provide an EP with necessary data to make informed, timely decisions.
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