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Flexibility from hospitals needed for data use to reach its potential

Fierce Health IT

Written by Dan Bowman  •  Posted on February 1, 2012

Fierce Health IT

Information silos in healthcare settings are a primary reason why available data often isn't used to its fullest potential, concludes Russ Richmond, M.D., CEO of McKinsey Healthcare's Objective Health consulting firm, in a new post that appears on The Health Care Blog.

Such a failure to "connect the dots" Richmond says, can be detrimental to boosting the quality of patient care.

In contrast to datasets used by health payers, hospital data is much more fragmented and complex, Richmond says. That, in effect, limits the number of entrepreneurs willing to tackle data flow issues, leading to what Richmond calls a "stifling of innovation."

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