Magazine Article | July 28, 2014

How HealthCare Providers Are Effectively Using Big Data

Source: Health IT Outcomes

Compiled by Scott Westcott, Contributing Writer

Two health systems show how Big Data is playing an increasingly prominent role in their ongoing quest to operate more efficiently, drive down costs, and improve patient care.

Big Data is a big deal these days. Healthcare systems are gaining a deeper understanding that the ability to quickly access and leverage the reams of data created and collected each day can lead to more efficiency, significant cost savings, and better patient care. For instance, one area in which Big Data management can make a considerable difference is in pharmacy, where access and deeper understanding of data allow for more efficient ordering, storage, and distribution of meds and related medical supplies.

Amid this opportunity is considerable challenge as healthcare providers work to find the best technology solution, while focusing on informing and training physicians and staff on new systems and procedures. Recently, Darwin Cooley, director of pharmacy services, Great River Medical Center, and Michael Hunt, DO, CMO/CMIO, St. Vincent’s Health Partners (SVHP), offered their perspectives on how effectively leveraging Big Data can impact the bottom line and quality of care.

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