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Healthcare facilities preparing for big data

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Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee has more than 48,000 patients and is one of the largest healthcare facilities in the United States. To improve data quality in the advent of big data, the agency has implemented more robust analytic tools to reduce treatment costs and eliminate readmissions, according to a Forbes report.

"We are shifting our focus from putting in operational systems to figuring out how to tap this wealth of data to make better business decisions and develop data-driven improvements to the business," Aurora Health Care chief information officer Phil Loftus said, according to Forbes.

Aurora has nearly completed its installation of Smart Chart, a records system that will help database management and improve employee efficiency. By analyzing information through a single system, physicians can see which areas they need to improve, enabling them to enhance performance and adopt clinical best practices, the news source said.

According to Healthcare IT News, the best way for healthcare organizations to prepare for the advent of big data is to know what kind of information the facility captures and where those records are stored.

By Richard Jones