Category Archives: Information Governance

Legal Tech Memo 2014: Driving Efficiencies and Mitigating Risk in the Era of Big Data

Now that the Information Governance message has finally gotten through to most every CIO and General Council, not to mention the vendor community, what’s next? Services and technology solutions that can be leveraged across the enterprise by a variety of data stakeholders is a much more logical and cost effective approach for today’s business climate than deploying point solutions that meet only departmental needs. A risk-based approach to managing Big Data assets throughout the enterprise – including customer and partner facing data – is not only a good idea, an organization’s survival may depend on it. Continue reading

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Making the Case for Affordable, Integrated Healthcare Data Repositories and PHRs

Navigating today’s complicated healthcare ecosystem and the nuances of ACA demands that individuals take more responsibility for managing their own and their family’s healthcare services. This includes selecting a variety of healthcare professional partners who will help guide us through our health and wellness journey so we can receive the best possible health care advice and services. Healthcare data is undeniably one of those partners. Individuals and providers must work together to update, manage and secure healthcare data to increase the likelihood that information contained in medical records is used to improve individual wellness or aggregated to drive insights that benefit health populations. To that end, there are indeed viable, innovative and affordable solutions to pursue. 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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Performance-Centric Data Storage TCO Study Demonstrates Cost Advantages of Flash Arrays

The SSD genie is out of the bottle. It is common knowledge that Solid State Drives (SSD) are many times faster than traditional hard disk drives (HDD) – which is why enterprise-grade SSD and Flash storage arrays are rapidly replacing traditional HDD-based storage solutions as the de facto standard for time sensitive, tier one applications. However, conventional wisdom dictates that SSD or Flash is much more expensive. In fact, when performance counts, Flash is not only faster, in many cases, Flash is also a lot less expensive than HDD. Continue reading

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Information Governance: Rx for Electronic Healthcare Records Interoperability Dilemma

The healthcare industry could benefit enormously from the implementation of information governance programs and solutions. Healthcare, like every other industry, is inundated with data – now generically referred to as Big Data. In particular, unstructured data (mostly text) found in documents, emails and SOAP notes is a huge challenge for providers to manage as that data is often locked into distributed systems and formats that are difficult for health systems to access because they lack the ability to exchange data. Continue reading

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