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September 2018

big data in healthcare

How Big Data Is Shaping the Future of Wound Care

Big data refers to massive bits or sets of data – both structured and unstructured. Analyzed computationally, it intends to reveal trends, patterns, and associations – especially in human behavior. It also has one or more of the following characteristics: volume, variety, velocity, or veracity.

Big data has made an immense impact in the world of business. Now, it is doing the same in the world of medicine.

Healthcare provider decisions are becoming more and more evidence-based. This means that they are relying more on research and clinical data, as opposed to solely on their schooling and expertise. Now more than ever, there is a greater demand for big data. Perhaps the most widespread application of big data in healthcare is electronic health records (EHR). Every patient has his or her own digital record, which includes their medical history, allergies, lab results, etc.

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What Is the Difference Between Telemedicine and Telehealth

What Is the Difference Between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

The intersection between medicine and technology can be quite confusing. Often times, the terms telemedicine and telehealth are used interchangeably. However, there is a distinction between the two.

Telemedicine is the practice of medicine using technology to deliver care at a distance. A physician or other healthcare provider uses telecommunications technology for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries. All of the healthcare services are provided to patients remotely via video, smartphones, email, etc. That being said, this particular practice eliminates the need for an in-person visit.

Typically, telemedicine aids in the management of chronic conditions, medication management, follow-up visits, and video consultations with specialists.

Telehealth, on the other hand, includes a wide range of technologies and services to deliver care and to improve the healthcare delivery system as a whole. It facilitates patient self-management and caregiver support for patients. This particular practice encompasses 4 infrastructures:

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Interoperability

Why Is Interoperability So Important for Healthcare Organizations?

Interoperability refers to the ability of computer systems or software to communicate, exchange, and make use of information. In order for two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and then present that data in a manner that can be understood by the user.

Nowadays, being able to exchange data across databases, platforms and other computer-based information systems is vital to the economic sector. And the healthcare sector is no exception to this rule.

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