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Healthcare big data projects drive change

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Similar to a number of other verticals, the healthcare industry is encumbered by increasing volumes of data that can impair operations if not properly monitored and maintained. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently highlighted these concerns at the recent ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Georgia.

LaMar McGinnis, co-host of the forum and former president of ACS, said the healthcare industry is at a critical stage in its existence, as industry leaders need to be prepared to use advanced tools to ensure patient service is as efficient and effective as possible. As information volumes grow, decision-makers need to use innovative management platforms to ensure that data quality is not compromised, as inaccurate records can have devastating consequences.

"Regulators are continuing to realize the value of using clinical outcomes data versus administrative claims data to measure and track quality," said David Hoyt , executive director of ACS.

Big data in healthcare
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are increasingly adopting big data analytics and other solutions to improve health information management, patient care and internal operations so caregivers can be more efficient. Since the volume, variety and velocity of these records all vary, decision-makers need to be sure they leverage the right tools to reduce data quality errors, which can significantly impact big data projects, according to a separate report by the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Analytic solutions will not only give healthcare executives insight into how their organization runs on a daily basis, but they will also give physicians a way to predict what their patients will need in the future, AHIMA noted.

"Improving the health care system will require equal resolve by physicians and patients to access and utilize information in order to make rational care decisions," said Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society. "We, as physicians, also need to address variations in care and begin standardizing more treatment protocols, including post-operative medical therapies for cancer patients."

As healthcare facilities continue to adopt cloud and mobile technologies, while simultaneously accumulating growing volumes of information, the industry itself is on the cutting edge of innovation. By adopting advanced tools and implementing next-generation policies, healthcare will be able to keep up with the rest of the private sector as it evolves into something new and more efficient.