Council Post: In Health Care, We Need Data Orchestration, Not Necessarily Unification

Andy Chu
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Council Post: In Health Care, We Need Data Orchestration, Not Necessarily Unification

Each part of the healthcare ecosystem adds value and meaningful information to understand a person’s whole health.

Despite our best efforts around FIHR, the reality is that the nuances of how systems are customized and set up make a "single record" more complex than it may appear.

The nuances of geography, business structures, provider workflows and more have created an industry that’s more akin to a professional network rather than a unified system.

• Health systems know when someone is due for certain exams, understand how people search and book appointments and know if a patient has serious conditions or illnesses.

However, given data silos, privacy and legal constraints, there's no efficient way of automating traditional marketing campaigns that match supply and demand to optimize patient care.

And, given that these applications have largely been introduced through payors and/or employers, it also creates siloes in how that data can be viewed and used and how it can or cannot connect to other aspects of a person’s health and healthcare.

In some cases, having early exposure to “critical” data is essential to prevent people from ending up in the ED and can drive better health outcomes and lower costs.

Having an identity solution that crosses the myriad of existing healthcare ecosystems could be a start to connecting the data silos.

Each part of the healthcare ecosystem adds value and meaningful information to understand a person’s whole health.