Saving Lives with Big Data

by Angela Guess

Mike Wheatley of SiliconAngle reports, “It’s not just big businesses that can benefit from harnessing data to streamline their operations. There’s more potential for big data analysis than simply making big profits – with a little creativity, it can also be used to help save lives, as a number of hospitals have discovered in recent months. One of the most obvious ways in which the healthcare industry can benefit from big data and use the information to save lives is through keeping Electronic Health Records (EHR).”

He continues, “The Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center has, after five years of ironing out problems, recently adopted EHR software from Epic Systems. At a cost of $4 billion, Epic Systems’ gear certainly doesn’t come cheap – but few patients will care about that. The system integrates each of Kaiser’s 37 hospitals, its 15,857 physicians and its nine million-plus members, enabling the hospital’s doctors to diagnose their patient’s condition far more easily than they could otherwise.”

Wheatley goes on, “It’s not just EHR that’s saving lives though. The medical sector is also benefiting from automated workflow software such as that offered from TeleTracking Technologies, which is employed by no less than 80% of the USA’s best hospitals, according to the U.S. News & World Report.”

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