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Cloud Innovators Create a Body and Soul for Big Data

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Thus spoke Dr. Henry Frankenstein of his creation in the iconic horror film classic from 1931, as does the main character in Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein. It’s Alive is also the title of a little known 1974 B horror movie about a murderous infant. Can the same be said of computers or the data and information that inhabits them? Big Data, loosely defined as the sum of all electronic data and information, accompanied by advances in Cloud computing, chip fabrication, natural language processing and machine learning are all in the process of transforming the utility of computing and challenging man’s traditional view of what constitutes “life” as we know it. Continue reading

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Why Six Republican U.S. Senators are Right, and Wrong, about HITECH and EHR Interoperability

A whitepaper published by six Republican U.S. Senators brings up several valid points about lack of interoperability, potential misuse of funds and fraud, issues with security and long term program viability, a lack of oversight and a rush to move smaller less well funded healthcare providers through Healthcare IT adoption requirements to qualify for ObamaCare meaningful use dollars. However, the paper fails to produce any viable suggestions to improve on what CMS and the ONC have so far put in place. This post makes several practical, cost effective suggestions for improving interoperability at the provider level first. Continue reading

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Healthcare a Major Theme as IBM Delivers Big Data Message at IOD 2012

Tackling Big Data is both a challenge and an opportunity. In the context of healthcare, the more information you have about a patient or a set of patients at the point of care or in a research environment, the better informed the care provider and the patient will be. By most accounts, healthcare IT is roughly 10 years or so behind the financial industry. Healthcare CIOs, CMOs (Chief Medical Officers) and business executives need to have a strategic information management and governance plan in place to take advantage of Big Data opportunities and not fall prey to tactical, reactive practices that sap resources and lead to the adoption of practices and vendor solutions that quickly lead to dead-ends and under optimized systems. Continue reading

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