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The increasing role of information technology in healthcare has made front-page news recently with the release of Apple’s HealthKit and the healthcare data-gathering capabilities of the new iPhone and Apple Watch. However, the question remains—now that we have the ability to capture the data, how do we use it meaningfully?
Healthcare IT (HIT) leaders will need to develop a strategy for how they will manage and leverage this information. Depending on the type of healthcare organization, their goals may vary:
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that CIOs from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York are already working with Apple to develop compatible applications. In addition to mobile application development to work with these devices, healthcare CIOs will also need to consider how to integrate data from wearable and personal devices with clinical information in their ERP or business intelligence (BI) solution. The potential impact is huge—the combination of clinical and day-to-day reporting will give medical professionals unprecedented insight into the state of patient health. With significant rewards and well as significant risks (e.g., HIPAA compliance and health information security) on the table, healthcare organizations will want to partner with data experts to ensure their systems report accurately, securely and timely for maximum ROI.
TEKsystems Global Services® has some great insight on how to help healthcare organizations meet their BI and Big Data goals. If you’re visiting Oracle OpenWorld 2014 this week, stop by Booth No. 2021 to speak with one of our team members about what challenges we’re run into in implementing Oracle’s latest healthcare modules and how we’ve met them. Learn more about TEKsystems Healthcare Services at TEKsystems.com/Healthcare.