Why Healthcare needs an Integrated Data Lake

Abhinav Shashank
Tue 23 February 2016

image_1The Healthcare Leaders today are facing a new and complex environment with rising costs, rapidly evolving technologies, shifts in regulations, changing models of care delivery, payer provider convergence and competition.

In such times they understand that their organizations need to start adopting newer data driven ways of operationalizing health systems. They also have an intuitive sense of what they need from their data: quality, cost, patient experience, and revenue information all in one place, but they also realize that this transformational phase is not going to be an easy one. Savvy leaders are already using broad views of their business’ data to better understand how moving a given lever within an organization could affect something else. But it’s still not uncommon for a healthcare executive, with the vision to transform the organization into a truly data driven enterprise, to be lacking consistent access to the breadth of information needed to truly realize that vision.

They need solutions that give executives and managers near real-time answers to their questions, flexibility in accessing the data so it can be sliced and diced in numerous ways, and allow them to maintain their data’s integrity and use it wherever, whenever and however they want across the organization.
One of the main challenges with existing EMR systems is that they were architected for high-fidelity data for patient-physician interactions at the level of each individual patient. Their intended purpose was not to explore and summarize data across patients. Most data storage and access platforms specialize on either individual records or data aggregation, but not on both at once.

An Integrated data lake gives them both deep, detailed insight into the particulars of one patient and also the ability to identify patterns across millions of different patients (while still preserving the underlying detail on each individual) and with a future that entails explosive growth in the amount of data that healthcare organizations will process, executives will need to be prudent about making technology investments that are future proof.

To sum up, an integrated data lake makes a data driven healthcare system less expensive and more available, and future proof, so that patients have more choices, doctors have more insight, and providers can deliver more effective, reliable care.

The next post would discuss the empowering technology of Datashop. It would also portray as to how seamlessly Datashop integrates the data from different sources and provides a continuum of care.

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