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A review of big data in health care: challenges and opportunities

Authors White S

Received 27 June 2014

Accepted for publication 15 August 2014

Published 31 October 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 13—18

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OAB.S50519

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Tomi Mori


Susan E White

Health Information Management and Systems Division, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Abstract: Health care is a data-rich industry. Administrative databases hold a tremendous number of transactions for each patient treated. The expansion of the adoption of electronic health records due to the Health Information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health (HITECH) provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is increasing the amount of data available exponentially. Still, the health care industry has been slow to leverage the vast data to improve care and health care operations. The adoption of value-based purchasing programs by Medicare and commercial payers along with increased demand for accountable care organizations motivated by the Affordable Care Act are moving both providers and payers to use data to improve operations. Health care's big data has the potential to revamp the process of health care delivery in the US and inform providers about the most efficient and effective treatment pathways. Value-based purchasing programs are incenting both health care providers and insurers to investigate new ways to leverage health care data to measure the quality and efficiency of care. The use of analytics in health care data presents of a number of daunting challenges, but also rich opportunities.

Keywords: big data, predictive analytics, patient privacy, information governance, data governance

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