It’s exactly this situation — the sheer amount of information that we doctors deal with and our struggle to identify and act on the right information — that’s causing more healthcare organizations to turn to Big Data and analytics.
The problem isn’t that doctors and hospitals don’t have enough information. It’s that we have too much. We’re drowning in data, and medical information is doubling every five years. More than 80 percent of a hospital’s data today is recorded in doctors’ notes, registration and discharge forms, phone calls, x-rays, and MRIs, or the so-called “unstructured” data that can be difficult to sift through.
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Source: Washington Post