Most professions rely on precise data to make decisions. Can you imagine erecting a building without numeric measurements, angles and detailed plans? Healthcare data is not as precise. In fact, the most valuable data is often unstructured notes recorded from patient and doctor visits or encounters. Correctly interpreting that type of data can be literally a matter of life or death. The ability to accurately interpret unstructured data is essential, especially when the situation is often ambiguous and shifting.
Yet, when I think of how most healthcare organizations are analyzing their clinical data, I get a mental picture of the old shell game—lots of guessing, hand waving and looking under the wrong shell for a missing pea.
The above article was written by Craig Rhinehart; it appears in the issue January 2015, [Vol 24, Issue 1]Share