Inside Digital Health May 17, 2019

In healthcare, conversations about big data sometimes seem ambiguous. What exactly do innovators mean when they say that sprawling data sets can yield insights that improve patient care and greater health system efficiencies? Too often, the lofty ideals associated with big data and analytics outshine the ideas, implementations and results.

But groundbreaking big data projects are making noteworthy strides across healthcare. The results vary, improving everything from interoperable apps and patient engagement to population health management and robotics programs once considered the stuff of science fiction.

Two elements connect these distinct demonstrations of big data done right. First, each effort exists as a means to extract value from healthcare data. Second, they all depend on strong data infrastructure for clean, interoperable data and the speed...

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