Healthcare Execs Must Prepare For Big Data – InformationWeek

Posted on 09 October 2012

While on vacation in the local paper,, there was an article regarding a new healthcare facility and the technology going into it to provide higher levels of healthcare to the residents.  One of the discussion points was doctors using data to better diagnose patients.  Again, the article took the negative side first regarding the “must use” the technology for a diagnosis.  I’m not sure I want to remove the human subjective element from my doctor, however, I would welcome the use of my history and an all encompassing view of my current condition, weighing that against a database of possibilities that no human could carry with them daily, to make a better diagnosis. Why not make use of being able to carry that encyclopedia of information around with you to deliver better patient care?  Again, the value side of the equation versus the “monitoring” of the physicians side of the equation.  Both are useful and valuable.

In this article the same discussion continues as well as knowing the location of patients, doctors, equipment to insure a safer environment and getting people and equipment where it is most needed.  I most enjoyed the Wayne Gretzky quote: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”  We have embraced technological advances to assist in healing us faster, making surgery less invasive and remeding illnesses that just a decade ago were less treatable.  Why is using the vast amounts of data for split second decisions any different?


Big data, including the advent of genomic medicine, is altering how providers manage information, according to the chief executive of a major West Coast academic healthcare organization.

“Big data is going to change the rules of IT departments and beyond,” said Thomas Jackiewicz, who was named senior VP and CEO of Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California at the beginning of 2012. “We have to become experts at managing data,” he said.  Read More Here . . . 

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