Interoperability – the sharing of data across systems, regardless of origin – has long been a challenge in the healthcare world. New approaches in this journey include the combination of cloud computing, natural language processing and ontology mapping. Will that be enough to tear down data silos? This interesting news came to us from Tech Republic in their article, “Chicago hospital uses Amazon’s HealthLake to tear down data silos and build a coherent patient history.”
Maybe if we start talking about profit and loss it will get the attention of those who can tear down the hurdles. Overcoming health data silos is proven to lead to cost savings. A McKinsey Global report estimated that the efficient use of data in healthcare could create more than $300 billion in value every year and quintuple hospital profits.
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