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

Claim What You Own

Startup or Fortune 100, experienced executive or new graduate – we can all benefit from the wisdom of Liz Strauss and her blog post – When Will You Stop to Claim All You Already Own?

Liz wrote, “Those of us who are fully engaged in building our businesses are so focused forward that we often forget to stop and take an account of what we’ve learned, gained and gathered as we’ve gotten to where we are.”

In a busy world, why is this important?

Not owning what we know, what we have achieved and how we arrived here – holds us to a past point in time that no longer reflects who we are. Liz tells us this impacts (and not in a good way) “how we talk about ourselves and what we do, how we telegraph our confidence and causes us to appear less qualified than our experience because we don’t own what we know.”

As a startup I think this is extremely important, one can quickly get wrapped up in what must be done and where we want to be that it’s easy to overlook the progress that has been made. This progress is critical when communicating growth and value as a startup, defining your position in the market and evaluating next steps – a startup cannot remain a startup forever – own your evolution.

I challenge all of us to think about our accomplishments, what they mean both personally and professionally and own what you know.