Category Archives: Strategic Information Management

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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Flash Memory Summit 2013 Reveals Future of NAND Flash, Predicts the End of Hard Disk Drives

In the relatively short and fast-paced history of data storage, the buzz around NAND Flash has never been louder, the product innovation from manufacturers and solution providers never more electric. Thanks to mega-computing trends, including analytics, big data, cloud and mobile computing, along with software-defined storage and the consumerization of IT, the demand for faster, cheaper, more reliable, manageable, higher capacity and more compact Flash has never been greater. But how long will the party last? 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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Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Solution Failures and Potential Fixes

Earlier this month The Rand Corporation published a report entitled, What It Will Take To Achieve The As-Yet-Unfulfilled Promises Of Health Information Technology. As a recent New York Times article points out, it was a Rand Corporation report published in 2005 that helped fuel the EHR solutions juggernaut by offering a too rosy prediction that $81 billion in annual savings were to be had with rapid adoption of health IT. In the intervening years, healthcare costs have continued to escalate thanks, in part, to missed opportunities and flawed policies surrounding the deployment, use and funding for EHRs. So why are EHRs failing and what can government, the healthcare industry and consumers do about it? Continue reading

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