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How UNC Health Care built a big data platform that saves lives

Dr Carlton Moore, associate professor of medicine, UNCHC

The buzz around big data tends to centre on how, with emerging analytics and database technologies, businesses can optimise their operations, products or services, improve customer retention, and – fundamentally – improve the bottom line. But the University of North Carolina Health Care (UNCHC), a large non-profit healthcare provider based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina recently put these technologies to work keeping patients out of hospitals and saving lives. Dr Carlton Moore, associate professor of medicine at the UNCHC says data and analytics are increasingly at the heart of how his hospitals run.

EHR opens the door to other cloud services in healthcare

Chad Skidmore, director of network services at INHS

Across the United States, thanks in part to healthcare IT reform initiatives introduced under President Obama, healthcare organisations have flocked to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems, integrating them into larger existing systems in order to improve patient care. Chad Skidmore, director at Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), a healthcare-focused IT service provider, says increased uptake of EHR is also encouraging a broader shift to cloud services. But big legacy integration challenges remain and service providers and medical facilities will have to conquer them before the benefits of cloud can be fully realised.