Is Healthcare Big Data Ready for Prime Time?
Big data, one of the hottest trends in business technology, is making its way to the U.S. healthcare industry. But is it ready for prime time?
CIOs at some of the nation's largest healthcare organizations say yes, but even the truest big data believers acknowledge that it's better suited to big healthcare systems than to small and midsize hospitals and physician practices. Just over half of healthcare providers either have no plans for big data analytics or they're still evaluating, according to the InformationWeek Healthcare IT Priorities Survey of 363 business technologists. And for the purposes of population health management, some observers say, current applications such as registries and automated messaging and care management tools will serve most healthcare providers as well as big data platforms.