Skip to main content

E-Health - Data incorporations through Technology




Delivery of healthcare is critically dependent on access to data, however much of this data resides across many data repositories and organizations, and is often highly protected and private.



The Environmental Drivers



Restructuring of the Health System (world wide) to meet the demands of ageing populations (major economic impact)



Funding agencies driving multi-disciplinary research initiatives and solutions to healthcare priorities and data sharing needs



Increasing pace of growth of the scientific knowledge base (e.g. genomics data) increased need for linking data across disciplines



Development and application of high-cost medical technologies and need for Cost/benefit analyses (global benchmarking)



Declining availability of specialist skills and thus improving productivity through advanced systems becomes a priority



Private-sector healthcare providers taking over more routine procedures from Public providers and data access issues



How do we answer a Health Query?



Identification of the real question


Design of the study


Collection of the data


Analysis of the data



How Easy is Health Data Incorporation into various Modules?



There are a hell lot of issues, like:



Patient Data is usually spread across several databases like:


• Hospital administration and clinical databases


Pathology and Pharmaceuticals databases


Absence of a common person identifier


• New identifying number or ID per institution or service provider


Privacy and Security


• Patient concerns


• Legislative requirements


• Data ownership concerns


No way to easily manage access to data in multiple databases


• Involves significant time and manual handling of data between computer systems


Data quality and consistency


• Data entry errors


• Non-standard coding and formats




Current Efforts and Practices



Data Linkage Units


National Data Network (NDN)


Various software solutions


Electronic Health Records


Clinical Information Systems



Current Technological Breakthroughs and Advances



Web Services


Easy federation of data and services


XML


Mechanism for text based exchange of data


Ontology


Relating concepts using semantic descriptions


Discipline based


Need domain expertise to define the ontology of data sources and fields


Removes ambiguity and provides base line agreement on terms



Integration of heterogeneous data sources


Wrapper technology allows any data or service to be incorporated


Query optimizer


Targeted at life sciences



SRS


Integrates data sources and analysis tools


Flat File, XML and relational data base


Any command line analysis tool


Integrates over 1000 data sources and 250 analysis tools


Wide usage in biotech and pharmaceutical industries


Meta data driven approach


Web service based with powerful web service API and web interface



Use Meta data to describe


The data source


How data elements interact with the system


The behavior of data


Relationship between data

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Royal Society of Medicine elected Dr Ruchi Dass Fellow

Popular Health Technology Author and Founder, HealthCursor Consulting Group Dr. Ruchi V Dass elected Royal Society of Medicine Honorary Fellow in the United Kingdom. (Photo courtesy of Ruchi Dass)

Joining some of the elite names among scientists and physicians, Health Technology Author and Business Icon Ruchi Dass has been elected as a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom.

Dass is a renowned Physician and has worked with development organisation across the world driving technology driven public health initiatives. She is the Founder of the consulting group HealthCursor, and Author of several journals, including her upcoming book on “Big Data in Healthcare” with Springer.

Dr Dass wrote a book on “Innovations in Healthcare” that was unveiled by the Honourable President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in 2013. Dr. Ruchi Dass was listed amongst Most Powerful and Influential leaders in IT by Information week in 2013 and also received INTEROP’s “Women leader” recogni…

The Formula of Driver and Demand- Indian Startups story

The healthcare industry is currently experiencing change at an unprecedented rate. Change is not only occurring in the technology used in diagnostics and care delivery, but this change is so fundamental that it could, and likely will, fundamentally alter the business model of the industry.
Today we have fitness bands, healthcare apps, appointment schedulers, health chats and several such means to access healthcare but one thing that all of this does not necessarily correlate with high quality of care or better outcomes. We need to understand that “Not even a Ferrari will get us to our destination without a driver.”Formula of Driver:
Driver = (Need + Incentive) where;
Incentive = (Value + Reward) Need = (Gap + Demand)
To define the best drivers, we need to first address the need. Need might not make economic or business sense but it is the best opportunity to leave an impact. No one remembers how much business a “Mughal-e-Azam” or “Usual suspects” did but everyone remembers that these were…