The dramatic increase in the amount of digitized healthcare information being generated brings new opportunity to close the “healthcare gap” – the difference between today’s reality and what is possible from a clinical, patient and economic perspective. Appropriately accessing and utilizing information for research purposes is a critical element of closing this gap. In this context, there is growing importance in understanding the role of non-identified data in advancing research and understanding our connected healthcare system.

 

Summary

Big data in healthcare brings the opportunity to close the “healthcare gap” – the difference between reality today and what is possible from a clinical, societal and economic perspective.  Interactions that patients have with the health system are increasingly being captured digitally, but to maximize the value of this data to advance research and understanding of our connected healthcare system patient privacy must be protected.  Standardized patient privacy and security frameworks for de-identifying this data serve to advance the appropriate use of big data for research across health stakeholders, thereby enabling the data to provide a range of benefits to patients and societies.

 

Key Findings

“Big Data” Creates New Opportunities to Close the Healthcare Gap by Identifying Issues, Guiding Solutions and Monitoring Improvements to Patient Care and Access

  • Interactions that patients have with the health system are increasingly being captured digitally, creating ‘big data’ that can improve understanding of healthcare usage and care delivery
  • A vast range of research using non-identified longitudinal patient-level data has contributed to efforts that improve health, combat health disparities and save money
  • Non-identified patient-level data provides real-world medical evidence that accelerates progress and improves performance of health systems around the world

Big Data - The Closing the Healthcare Gap

 

Connected Healthcare

The most critical benefit of shared information is the ability to enable connected healthcare through data to fully understand what works, what doesn’t, at what cost, and with what benefits for individuals and populations.

  • Non-identified patient-level data provides real-world medical evidence that accelerates progress and improves performance of health systems around the world
  • A key benefit of sharing of non-identified patient-level information is the ability to create a connected view of patients, critical to supporting a connected healthcare system

Big Data - Closing the Gap in Healthcare, connected healthcare

 

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