The Importance Of Data In Health Care

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Healthcare is an industry that is complex and overwhelmed with data. When taking into account how much data is collected in a daily timeframe, then multiply that by 365 days in a year, the data obtained can be turned into information and help achieve advancements within the medical field. Data is defined as “uninterpreted elements such as a person’s name, weight, or age. Because they are uninterpreted, they do not have meaning (Nelson & Staggers, 2014).” In order for data to have meaning, an analysis would need to be done to translate the data into becoming information. Information is then used to help the health care industry make informed decisions to assist in the treatment, management, diagnosis, and effective for health care and medicine …show more content…
The overall outcome in the healthcare field is to provide accurate, effective, precise care to a patient to improve their health not to have the patient go into further decline in health. When a patient is diagnosed with cancer there are now more avenues to consider for treatment than 50 years ago, let along 10 years ago. This is because research has identified threats, trends, markers, genetics, and knowledge to providers to learn better ways to treat illnesses. Adding into the mix EHRs that have extensive data stored in their warehouses allows for a more informed approach to what treatment methods have better results based on certain stages of cancer or the approach that would need to be used to effectively help cure a patient of cancer. Research into cures of autism, use of stem cells, gene splicing, amongst many other advancements, allow for not just new advancements in treatment efforts but reducing the chance for genetic conditions inherited to offspring, alternate methods of less invasive approaches to curing diseases, and reversing the effects of human diseases. The Human Genome Project that was launched in 1990 gives us the ability to understand out DNA better by studying the human genome to help detect mutations of our DNA through genetic inheritance, environmental factors, and lifestyle factors (NHGRI, …show more content…
On an administration aspect of informatics, KDDM would assist in finding ways to reduce costs within the organization, reduce costs in healthcare, increasing revenue while cutting expenses and creating less disconnect between the medical field and IT. Utilizing resources whether that is through EHRs, conducting research, clinical data, or studies allow for the informatics industry to not just better informed but better equipped to translate data into meaningful information. “With more than 96 percent of U.S. hospitals and 83 percent of U.S. office-based physicians using EHRs to deliver clinical care… (AMIA, 2016)” the amount of data that is available to the U.S. healthcare industry to improve is overwhelming. Ultimately the goal of informatics is to provide meaning to data collected but to also aid in the creation of advice that can assist in achieving a better public health while contributing to decision-making strategies and implementing new or revised guidelines to be in

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