by Brian Ahier
Another difficulty in making the most of big data in healthcare is those who control different pools of data have different financial incentives. There is a lack of transparency in performance, cost and quality; it is currently structured so that payers who would gain from decreasing revenue to providers, but the providers control the clinical data that is necessary to analyze in order to pay for value. The payers control another pool, which includes claims data. This is not very useful for advanced analysis that will provide real insight. But enabling transparency of the data will help to identify and analyze sources of variability as well as find waste and inefficiencies. Publishing quality and performance data will also help patients make informed health decisions.