Colin Hill on Healthcare 2020

“New types and sources of health care data have become available – or soon will – and in overwhelming quantity.  The federal government is investing $20 billion in Electronic Health Records; industry is developing new electronic transaction standards; and innovators like PatientsLikeMe, 23andMe, Fitbit and Zeo are helping people generate and share their own data.  The era of Big Data in health care has arrived.”

– Colin Hill

At the Health 2.0 Fall Conference this past September, Colin Hill of GNS Healthcare sat on the relatively new and increasingly relevant panel called “Data Drives Decisions.” He and other panelists were each asked to explain how they thought Big Data tools and Big Data, huge data sets made up of digitized data from the past combined with data that is now being recorded at a rapid rate, can inform our decisions and lead to better health care outcomes. Hill answered that Big Data tools will help humans move past their limitations when it comes to deriving meaning from inconceivable amounts of data. He described how supercomputers will sift through a data set of trillions of drug claims and be able to find 250 occurrences of adverse drug reactions, a relatively small number. Once specific events are found, humans can focus on doing the analyzing, interpreting and validating that computers can’t do.

This is one way Hill thinks Big Data can start to change health care. He’s now continuing the conversation at his new Forbes blog, Healthcare 2020. The blog will discuss the challenges facing the field and the potential that accelerating technological advances and breakthroughs in analytics hold to deal with them. As the president of GNS, a company that applies industrial-scale data analytics to help key stakeholders figure out what works in health care, Hill is already immersed in the world of Big Data and is sure to raise thought-provoking questions and to share his own interesting findings on his new blog.

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