|[March 24, 2014]
Two Thirds of Feds Say Big Data Will Improve Population Health Management and Preventative Care
ALEXANDRIA, Va. --(Business Wire)--
a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of
government IT, today announced the results of its new report, "The
Big Data Cure." The study, underwritten by EMC
Corporation, surveyed Federal executives focused on healthcare and
healthcare research to examine the current state of Big Data in Federal
healthcare. The report found that emerging technologies including mHealth1
and machine-to-machine (M2M)2 will fuel change. How will Big
Data3 help impact the future of healthcare? Sixty-three
percent of Federal healthcare executives say Big Data will help track
and manage population health more efficiently, 62 percent say Big Data
will significantly improve patient care within military health and VA
systems, and 60 percent say Big Data will enhance the ability to deliver
And, Feds point to mission impact. More than half, 59 percent, of
Federal executives working in agencies with a healthcare-related mission
say that in five years, fulfilling their agency's mission objectives
will depend on successfully leveraging Big Data.
Federal agencies focused on healthcare research and care delivery are
testing the waters today. One in three say their agency has successfully
launched at least one Big Data initiative - 35 percent use Big Data to
improve patient care, 31 percent are reducing care costs, 28 percent are
improving health outcomes, and 22 percent are increasing early detection.
This said, many agencies are not yet taking steps to prepare for the
influx of data. Fewer than one in five say their agency is very prepared
to work with Big Data, according to the MeriTalk study. Few have
invested in IT systems/solutions to optimize data processin (34
percent), trained IT professionals to manage and analyze Big Data (29
percent), or educated senior management on Big Data issues (29 percent).
"Emerging mHealth and M2M technology will together create a new
healthcare data deluge, and tremendous opportunity to improve efficiency
and patient care," said Dan Dougherty, vice president, EMC (News - Alert) Federal. "DoD
delivers healthcare to nearly 10 million people through TRICARE, and we
know costs have been rising. Big Data analytics, mHealth, and M2M
technology can make an impact in key areas including helping to more
successfully manage chronic conditions with improved preventative care -
monitoring and addressing symptoms before they become acute."
"Forty-seven percent of Feds say the successful use of mHealth
technologies and data has the potential to be more impactful than the
discovery of penicillin," said Steve O'Keeffe, founder, MeriTalk.
"That's a real shot in the arm for improving Federal healthcare."
Feds anticipate M2M technologies will also have a significant impact.
While just 15 percent of respondents say they have implemented M2M
technologies today, 53 percent plan to do so within the next two years.
Feds expect M2M technologies to have the greatest impacts on improving
patient care and remote patient monitoring. Better data, in real time -
will lead to better decisions. All of this can be achieved, but not
without some trials and tribulations. Feds expect securing patient data
will represent the biggest challenge with M2M technologies. Despite
challenges, nine out of 10 respondents expect M2M technologies and data
to have positive impacts across the healthcare industry.
"The Big Data Cure" is based on an online survey of 150 Federal
executives focused on healthcare and healthcare research in January
2014. The report has a margin of error of +/- 7.95 percent at a 95
percent confidence level. To download the full study, please visit www.meritalk.com/bigdatacure.
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1 mHealth is the use of mobile and wireless devices to
improve health outcomes, healthcare services, and health research
2 M2M technologies are any technologies used to collect,
monitor, or store healthcare information without human intervention
3 Big Data is the voluminous amount of unstructured and
semi-structured data an organization creates - data that would take too
much time and cost too much money to load into a relational database for
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