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What Is Big Data?

It is well known in real estate that a highly desired property is all about location, location, location. In health care today the buzz is all about “Big Data.” That may sound like an odd designation that needs further explanation. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Big Data as “an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools.”  

 A healthcare organization’s computerized data accumulates from a myriad of sources and exists in different formats. Hospital data can be collected at patient admission through the Emergency Department, inpatient or outpatient services. Data can be collected via the electronic health record and different administrative and clinical databases. Handwritten data can be scanned in. Data can be entered using speech recognition or natural language processing. Images such as an x-ray can be uploaded. This huge accumulation of disparate data collected over time often cannot be used to the organization’s best advantage. Healthcare organizations are looking for better ways to adequately govern, mine and analyze data for future planning and research.

So what is an organization to do? CHCP’s Health Informatics graduates are trained to assist in converting Big Data into a valuable asset. They help set standards and work closely with an organization’s information governing body. They employ data dictionaries and templates for uniform data collection. They are adept at using data mining and analytic tools for reporting and analysis. Go from Big Data to  well-managed data that provides great value to the healthcare organization.

Reference: “Big Data.” (2015.). Merriam-Webster Online. Merriam-Webster, 2015.  Retrieved 6/29/2015 from: Merriam Webster.