Meaningful Use and the Semantic Web


Jennifer Bresnick of EHR Intelligence recently wrote, "No one can reasonably deny that EHR adoption and meaningful use participation have been a struggle.  From the patchwork of health IT systems that need to be wrangled and replaced to the payment reforms piggybacking on a revolution in how providers and lawmakers view quality care, the healthcare landscape is changing at a lightning pace, and it’s not always easy to keep up.  Dan Riskin, MD, CEO and Co-Founder of Health Fidelity, believes there’s a lot of work to be done in order to improve the provider experience and the patient’s outcomes, both of which rely on making better use of technology and the data it produces."

Asked how organizations can change the way they deal with data, Riskin responded, "We have a number of tools coming down the pike to make better use of the clinical record.  Natural language processing (NLP) can take that broad, unstructured text and make it usable.  Ontologies make the information coded and make it look a lot like claims data, actually.  Data mining and other analytics show the health system what they should be doing and what can be done better than what they can do manually.  So that combination is really becoming best practices.  Right now you only see it in the top few health systems, but I think there’s broad agreement that this will diffuse over time to the less-funded or systems with less expertise."

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