Accelerating Healthcare's Quest for Data Transparency
Published: December 15, 2014
In the world of health care, rich data sources are worth their weight in gold, especially if organizations are able to easily access information and put it to use in critical patient care situations. While a great deal of useful information already exists in the public domain, health care CIOs have recently made it their mission to aggregate database resources in more streamlined, coordinated ways, which they hope will reduce the inefficiencies that hamper these tools and techniques at present.
I believe that if these leaders prioritize the development integration of next-gen care coordination platforms, they will be able to break through the performance plateaus of the day and finally realize the transparent data sharing goals they envision. Strong IT consulting and the creation of a long-term strategy will, as always, be key in this ambitious pursuit of a new era of health care.
Off to a Strong Start
The concept of a data collection and dispersal across the health care landscape is nothing new - in fact, leaders in the sector have long been striving to achieve a standard of interconnectedness between key databases that power the patient care and treatment optimization processes. While I'm happy to say that CIOs are moving in the right direction with the aggregation of raw data, however, a large portion of these resources lack contextual detail, resulting in a great deal of frustration for caregivers everywhere. As CIO Magazine recently explained, context is king in the world of health care innovation.
"I think how you have to view our various data releases and exercises in transparency is it's been an ever-evolving journey," said Niall Brennan, chief data officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the news source. "Those first couple of years were an interesting process, because the commitment to transparency was definitely there, but some of the resulting datasets - they were good, but they left people wanting more."
To actualize their visions of a transparent, data-fueled future, health care CIOs will need to infuse their tech systems with the capacity to collect, retain and process highly specialized data sets from every area of the organization. I am a strong advocate of a closed-loop patient care platform to facilitate the generation of context-rich, open information standards. IT leaders can begin this journey with a solution such as Tribridge's Care Coordination solution, which combines the power of CRM with analytics to promote the development of game-changing insights.