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Healthcare Has an Information and Big Data Problem

Healthcare Has an Information and Big Data Problem

Why do we stand for this level of disconnect in healthcare, when we enjoy connection and convenience in domains such as Amazon and Netflix?

We perform so much clinical research and sit on such treasure troves of data in our EHRs, yet often, the right information fails to flow where it’s needed most.  Doctors on one software system can’t talk to doctors on another. Vulnerable patients go without time-sensitive, critical care because they’re un-activated by providers or the “smart systems” where their clinical information resides. Yet Amazon and Netflix can predict with startling accuracy what book or movie we might like to watch, then download it for us instantly.

Healthcare has an information overload and a Big Data problem.

Read more by Jonathan Bush, athenahealth Co-founder, and LinkedIn influencer