Using real time data to improve the quality of our healthcare

The applause goes to IBM Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC) for their collaborative efforts in using real time public health data to improve the quality of healthcare. You may all take a bow!

Working together these organizations are finding ways to tap into readily available public health information and coordinate that data with electronic health record (EHR) systems in an effort to gain a more timely understanding of the public health environment. The goal is to speed response times when faced with public health issues.

The work being done will allow health data to be rapidly accessed by local, county, state and federal agencies. Expedited data coordinated from multiple sources can help improve the effectiveness of public health programs, more effectively target health resources, positively impact quality of care and benefit the overall health system.

The effective utilization of health information can provide near real time automated reporting in the public health setting, allowing professionals to leverage the critical information needed to deal with major health issues. The way we see it… more data that is well organized and rapidly accessible means a healthier world for all of us and with the world getting smaller and smaller by the day the potential impact of shared data only magnifies.

Thanks to this smart crowd for pooling efforts, sharing information and giving the healthcare community access to real time data.

What are your thoughts on the use of real time data in the health setting?  Do you think we’ll see more collaboration in the future?

How about the use of social media to improve response times during global health crises? 

I can see the real time nature of Twitter data playing a valuable role in managing health efforts. Do you see Twitter as tool for public health? More on that in another post…

This post originally appeared on CROWDTalk

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