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The Value of Patient Data

We look at the options, and ask; which way is healthcare data going now?

Up to now, the focus on interoperability has been all embracing.  This  has lead to  a considerable effort from multiple vendors, to assess the best way for you and I to view what we have in a meaningful way. And it goes like this; either you want to make your patient data all visible and open to, well, any interested relevant party – or you don’t.

The recent email from HIMSS itself says “With tons of data being generated, there is significant interest in finding ways to extract additional insight. More than 3% of hospitals at HIMSS17 are planning to extract additional value from their data by building and analyzing clinical pathways and protocols. This is another area with significant activity and greenspace and is a Stage 7 requirement. ”  They go on to say…

“We talk more about using data to reach the right audience here: http://ow.ly/8g25308aqb8 “.

And up to speed vendors, such as Adaptive (www.adaptive.com) – who are in the Gartner magic quadrant for data accessibility,  have an announcement from their new CEO, Brendan Cannon: he says:

“In our article “The Elephant in the Room: The Need for Alignment to Enable Data Management” we discuss how a lack of access to the information that helps form a solid picture can be distorted. Today, information is coming from different people, different perspectives, and means different things to each. As such, it is a problem those in the financial sector are well aware of.  Click here to read the article that works through the challenge of data management, the semantics of data and business ontology, and concludes with alignment of data information. ”  Adaptive have a full list of insightful articles from their website (see above), and you can register to receive these.

In other words,  healthcare data is now subject to the same issues as Big Data and Financial Services – or any other vertical, where there is just too much info and confusion about the best way to access info in a way that makes sense to you and I.
But this also gives rise to the question; what if you don’t want people to access your data, and above all, you do not want your data open to hackers, cyber attacks, etc – which in 2017 are the biggest threat. Then you need to talk to the experts in this area, at Protenus (www.protenus.com). You wouldn’t give your security PIN number from your credit card to anybody, would you?  So you certainly would want to protect your personal patient record, from being accessible – and by that, we mean accessible whether you want it or not. We interviewed Protenus CEO, Robert Lord just a day or so ago – his views are insightful and Protenus will be speaking and visible at HIMSS Orlando. Worth hooking up.

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