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5 ways hospitals can use data analytics | Healthcare IT News

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Carla Gentry CSPO's curator insight, February 28, 2013 1:27 PM

To reduce administrative costs – it’s really one of the biggest challenges we face in the industry,” said Zachariah. “One-fourth of all healthcare budget expenses are going to administrative costs, and that is not a surprise because you need human resources in order to perform

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IT in Healthcare: Why Building an Interoperable Health IT System is So Tough

IT in Healthcare: Why Building an Interoperable Health IT System is So Tough | Healthcare IT News | Scoop.it

We often see health care systems (and the IT in health care) as different and not comparable to work that has been done in other areas. However, I think there is a lot that we can learn from other industries.

 

Coordinating a billion lines of code

 

The Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) report, “Ultra-Large-Scale Systems: The Software Challenge of the Future” sought to answer the question:

“As more and more systems become interconnected and have to work together, how do we manage an interacting code base that exceeds 1 billion lines of code?”

 

The reality is that different health IT systems (when they are connected together and interoperable) could collectively represent much more than 1 billion lines of code.

 

Ultra-large scale systems are not about a single software application, or a couple of applications working together, but rather an “ecosystem” of interacting software systems. In health care, small practices may have:

a billing systema clinical systememailweb portals, andother IT systems.

Most medical centers have 20 or 30 different computer programs that work together to take care of patients.  Take 20 or 30 different programs, multiply that by the number of medium to large medical centers in the country, add in the small practices, and we are talking about thousands of programs that need to work together.

 

Building that from the top down isn’t going to work


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Remi Ramon's curator insight, May 25, 2013 5:08 AM

We can see that there are more and more health IT systems.  

Ofcourse we can 't yet compare those IT systems with systems of other industries, but it's improving.

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IBM's Watson closes its first piece of healthcare business

IBM's Watson closes its first piece of healthcare business | Healthcare IT News | Scoop.it

IBM’s Watson first role in frontline healthcare will be to serve as a combination lung cancer specialist and expert in the branch of health insurance known as utilization management.

 

Thanks to a business partnership among IBM, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and WellPoint, health care providers will now be able to tap Watson’s expertise in deciding how to treat patients.

 

Pricing was not disclosed, but hospitals and health care networks who sign up will be able to buy or rent Watson’s advice from the cloud or their own server. Over the past two years, IBM’s researchers have shrunk Watson from the size of a master bedroom to a pizza-box-sized server that can fit in any data center. Processing speed has been improved by 240%. Now what was once was a fun computer-science experiment in natural language processing is becoming a real business for IBM and Wellpoint, which is the exclusive reseller of the technology for now. Initial customers include WestMed Practice Partners and the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine & Blood Disorders.

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Will electronic health records save the planet? - HealthPop - CBS News

Will electronic health records save the planet? - HealthPop - CBS News | Healthcare IT News | Scoop.it

Electronic health records are often touted as way to cut medical costs, new Kaiser Permanente study shows they have big environmental payoff Read more by David W Freeman on CBS News' HealthPop. (Will electronic health records save the planet?


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