Healthy Data

Healthy Data

Data is the foundation of everything. But unorganized, unreliable data doesn't help anyone. Healthy Data, a podcast series by InterSystems, features real-world stories and insights from leaders in healthcare, business, and government. Each episode spotlights how they're using creative data technology to enable the seamless flow of information and better decisions. Listen to unlock the ideas that will prepare your business for whatever comes next.

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December 17, 2020 17 min
Healthcare data exchange is due for a major change. And no, this one doesn’t stem from COVID-19.   For some time now, health IT teams from across the industry have been busy preparing for the ONC and CMS interoperability rules to go into effect, which is set for early 2021. The regulations will require payers to provide patients with reliable access to provider directories, control over their health data, and the ability to transfe...
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It’s nearly impossible to determine the amount of valuable data that healthcare’s many stakeholders are sitting on, unaware of how to make it accessible and actionable. That’s the task of healthcare technology leaders: identifying and freeing data, one project at a time. But, as UC Davis Health’s Michael B. Marchant can attest, overcoming that challenge is worth every bit of effort.   As the organization’s director of health inform...
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Have you ever bumped into the same obstacle—maybe a sharp edge or a rise in the floor—over and over again? That’s precisely what life sciences organizations have done for years when it comes to how they use data. But instead of walking away with a stubbed toe or a headache, this persistent challenge forces pharmaceutical companies to burn more time and resources to get drugs to market. Patients, meanwhile, miss out on potentially l...
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Volatility has become the standard in stock markets across the world over the past several months. Ever since COVID-19 fired off an economic recession, capital markets firms have fought to stabilize their operations. But one key to success amid explosive markets lies within each organization: data.   This week on Healthy Data, we host a discussion on the need for speed and scale in the financial services sector, with its ever-risin...
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Why have so many data-sharing efforts excluded mental health data when the disconnect risks patient safety and promotes inefficiencies? The answer could be as simple as this: Mental health data is difficult to collect, standardize, and analyze.

But should that notion preclude us from taking the first step toward making it happen, however difficult it may be? Dr. James Reed didn’t think so, so he took action. As a psychiatrist an...
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Value-based care and strong population health programs require a robust combination of claims and clinical data. But healthcare providers and insurers often lack at least one side of the equation.   That’s where Jason Buckner comes in. He’s the technology chief operating officer for Manifest MedEx, California’s nonprofit health data network. The organization teams up with more than 400 healthcare organizations, including 100-plus h...
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As the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold of the world, much of the conversation understandably focused on federal and state responses. For most people, the role of health information technology remained hidden behind staggering infection rates and death tolls. But interoperability, it turns out, proved to be critical in coordinating the public health response.   We spoke with Jay Nakashima, executive director of eHealth Excha...
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Across healthcare, access to data is increasing exponentially and bringing new opportunities for stakeholders throughout the industry. But it’s important to understand that when it comes to data, availability is not quite as important as usefulness.

As the coronavirus pandemic tightens economic activity and strains hospitals in many countries, actionable data holds promise to reduce the impact. We spoke with Don
Woodlock, head of ...
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At the heart of nearly every health IT project is the patient, and that’s where Lygeia Ricciardi’s heart is, too. As Chief Transformation Officer of the digital health startup Carium and a former leader at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Ricciardi brings a deep understanding of patient needs, which can get lost in the
shuffle—especially as the healthcare industry grows more complex ea...
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Jeff Fried is passionate about helping people create data-driven applications that empower their decision-making. It’s this very passion that drives Fried, director of product management at InterSystems and a self-proclaimed data management nerd, to encourage the enterprise- level operationalization of data — a process that strictly defines variables into measurable factors. Operationalization defines fuzzy concepts (of which there...
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In healthcare IT, data silos are well-known foes. Talk of “breaking them down” permeates most health IT conferences, and for good reason: These silos stand between our present reality and the future promise of more informed, efficient, and personalized healthcare delivery.

But there is a lesser-known type of silo that, until recently, has largely crept below the radar—the silo that isolates a patient’s desire to have a say in thei...
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Jim Collins uses artificial intelligence (AI) to explore beyond the limits of what was once thought possible. The former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow (or MacArthur Genius, as you may know it) runs a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lab whose goal is to combat increasing antibiotic resistance through new drug discovery. His work in synthetic biology, meanwhile, focuses on rewiring tiny organisms so that they can id...
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Google Maps is useful because it’s driven by an incredible trove of quality data that empowers us to see the world from different perspectives—a humble orb floating across the galaxy or a sandwich shop down the street. 

What if healthcare had such a trove of data? Clean data that,
instead of being holed up in silos, flowed like a river across the industry?

Many experts believe that if this was the case, we could zoom out to build...
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Data is everywhere and capturing it has never been simpler or more cost-effective. But as data collection becomes more widely accessible, the process of parsing it into actionable insights represents a distinct challenge—and a huge opportunity.

In this episode of InterSystems PULSEcast, David Menninger, an analyst at Ventana Research who has led data projects for more than 25 years, unveils best practices for harnessing the power ...
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Decentralization means healthcare is changing in an unprecedented way—it’s moving outside the hospital walls. Tune into this episode of InterSystems PULSEcast to hear Kathleen Aller, head of healthcare market strategy at InterSystems, discuss the ideas behind the decentralization of care, explore what it means for enterprising healthcare organizations, and spotlight strategies that can help you use this incredible moment to your ad...
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John Halamka is preparing for a forthcoming sea change in the way we extract value from health information: the decentralization of data.  Tune in to discover which new data sources you should be keeping an eye on, how to cut through the hype and identify the sources that bring the greatest tangible value, who needs to be at the table when putting together a successful data strategy, and so much more. 
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