Big Data Can Provide Healthcare Big Benefits.

Big Data Can Provide Healthcare Big BenefitsMay 28, 2015 by Vickie Anenberg

With the advent of value-based care, Big Data is being promoted as the key for healthcare facilities to become more efficient and improve quality care. Although the preliminary models still being refined, initial results show Big Data can, in fact, be beneficial.

To better understand the benefits Big Data can produce, Cross Country Staffing suggests a compelling article by Bernard Marr, who specializes in Big Data, analytics and metrics, which was recently posted by Forbes.

In it, Marr wrote, “Big Data in healthcare is being used to predict epidemics, cure disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths. With the world’s population increasing and everyone living longer, models of treatment delivery are rapidly changing, and many of the decisions behind those changes are being driven by data. The drive now is to understand as much about a patient as possible, as early in their life as possible – hopefully picking up warning signs of serious illness at an early enough stage that treatment is far more simple (and less expensive) than if it had not been spotted until later.”

In addition, Steve Whitehurst, the CEO of Health Fidelity, has written a blog that lists the primary “value-based care models and related programs being tested through various public and private initiatives.”

Whitehurst also provided details about the two primary sources of healthcare Big Data as follows.

“Traditional data sources include clinical, financial and operational data. Clinical data is typically obtained from electronic health records, which are now pervasive in the country as a result of the Meaningful Use program. Financial data is obtained from claims, revenue cycles and other billing systems. Lastly, operational data is obtained from supply chain management, resource management and purchasing systems.

“Non-traditional data sources include patient-reported data via tools such as personal health records and patient forums/affinity groups, data collected through devices that ranges from monitoring vital signs to measuring blood glucose and other important indicators as well as public health data sources such as infectious disease registries, immunization registries, etc.”

The full text of Steve Whitehurst’s blog has been posted by Executive Insights. You can read it here.

Ultimately, the benefits derived from Big Data will be determined by how it is used by healthcare professionals to improve quality care. Having qualified staff enterprise-wide is critical to fully capitalize on Big Data opportunities. Cross Country Staffing is ready to help. For more than 35 years, we have been working with healthcare facilities to meet their staffing challenges. Cross Country Staffing has developed industry-leading workforce solutions proven to cost-effectively manage even the most complex staffing needs.