November 09, 2011
Health Information Clearing House
KC can use the Google gigabit connection to create a clearing house of clinical data on healthcare services paid for by government payors, i.e. Medicare and Medicaid (with an eye towards adding other payor data later). Using the Google connection, these large datasets (petabytes of new data are created each month) can be mined for actionable information to reduce over-utilization, improve delivery and measure outcomes. According to a McKinsey report published in May 2011 "Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity." the U.S. healthcare industry could save over $300B annually by using the existing data to improve delivery and care. Further, Big Data projects such as this will need nearly 200,000 deep data analytics experts and create over 1.2 million new jobs in data analytics and data management. KC is in a very advantageous position to create such a clearing house given its access to Google's high-speed fiber network and Google's application and search expertise. My company, BigIris is working to create a similar project on just the medical imaging procedures performed. It is designed to help clinicians, educattors and researchers benefit from the knoweldge currently locked up in data silos around the globe. Cerner houses much of this data for heathcare facilities around the world. But a clearing house for all medical data, properly de-identified, would offer the same benefits that knowledge can inpart across all facets of healthcare delivery. KC can be proud to be at the forefront of such an effort.