Healthcare Insight from Information Technology

stockfresh_1773773_medical-concept_sizeXS-300x243There are pro’s and con’s to practicing in a big hospital versus a small office environment. Big hospitals have more resources to draw upon; small offices are better equipped for more personal care, but the biggest divides between the two are shrinking particularly with healthcare technologies which are becoming cheaper and more accessible. With IBM cloud based solutions, doctors’ offices and health centers can use information technologies that were only available in the biggest hospitals a few years ago.

Data Insights

Hospitals, health centers, and doctors’ offices are going through a rapid evolution, but innovation can come at a high cost. Healthcare companies like IBM have shed light on the importance of data insights, not just data availability. Doctors can collect, share, and research data easier than ever before, but data overload contributes to the estimated 15% of diagnoses that are inaccurate or incomplete (Harvard Business Review, April, 2010).

New frontiers are opening up on a regular basis. Doctors’ offices, health centers, and hospitals need intelligent data insights and simple IT integration. Using IBM healthcare solutions, doctors can easily access the right information at the the right time improving patient care and productivity.

Beyond Digital Records

Over 40% of physician offices and 80% of hospitals have adopted electronic health records, but digital records aren’t enough. Healthcare knowledge needs to diffuse into clinical workflows and back to patients in a continuous process. Basit Chaudhry, MD, PhD and medical scientist for IBM research says it best:

As new insights into the best ways to deliver care are generated, shared and amplified on an ongoing basis, personalized care will become more convenient, higher value and ultimately more humane.

Drawing insight from data has been fundamental to the advancement of industries around the globe, creating vibrant change such as increasing productivity and improving customer service. Similarly, large scale innovation is possible in how we deliver and pay for healthcare. Analytics will be vital to this transformation as well. The lessons are there. With IBM, we now have the tools to learn in healthcare as well.