By Naveen Sarabu, Director, Product Management and Strategy, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
While speaking before the Commonwealth Club in California, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said that his audience should think about data in new ways, but that first required setting the data free. After the meeting, he referenced companies offering to integrate and manage data from different healthcare providers, creating easy-to-understand data packages for doctors, patients, and healthcare innovators. If the data is set free from its different silos, it can be much more useful.
Healthcare is at a stage where the supply chain industry was 30-plus years ago, when the same “call to action’ was made to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to extract business documents like purchase orders and invoices out of them in order to integrate them with other systems. Since then, leaps and bounds of progress in supply chains and supply chain visibility have been made as a result of the “opening” of the systems.
And liberating the data can have other benefits. According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), regarding the growing trend towards value-based healthcare, obtaining the necessary data, in the correct format, is a major hurdle to getting the information needed to see if results are matching investments. Should this data be made more readily available, consumers would be able to better choose their healthcare options and healthcare would be much more efficient without the need to rummage for information.
What are you doing to Set Data Free?