The healthcare sector has gone through several major transformations in the past two decades. Much of which have been brought on by progressive regulatory compliance statutes and the rapid evolution of medical IT. In many ways, this has been a positive movement, with patient care improving both in terms of medical outcomes and the cost of treatment. However, there have been some underlying concerns regarding data management and security.
Following the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, healthcare providers were required to deploy electronic health record systems and achieve meaningful use of patient data. This, combined with novel technologies, has put the onus on the content services (ECM) application management component of the equation to ensure information is always immediately accessible and responsive.
A new strategy for ECM in healthcare
EHRs have been widely used for a few years in the United States, and medical firms – as well as researchers – have already started to dig a bit deeper with these systems to gain helpful insights into potential areas of improvement. FierceContentManagement recently reported that unstructured data appears to be the increasing focus of analysts in the medical sector, and that mining is already leading to stronger intelligence performance.
According to the news provider, Susan Weber, Stanford Center for Clinical Informatics director for Informatics Services, has sounded off about the pros and cons of these strategies. She affirmed that while risk is certainly involved when accessing patient information, there is much to be gained. So long as security is on point, researchers and medical firms can gain a wealth of insights from unstructured data mining, but balancing protection and analysis can be difficult.
“I think data mining has potential for pointing researchers into directions that they might not have otherwise considered exploring,” she told the source. “Ultimately, you’re going to have to validate the results of the data mining research studies with structured, prospective, double blinded, conventional clinical studies.”
Medical firms will need to find ways to maximize protection of patient data – structured or unstructured – while still enabling strong performances in the analysis category. This can be achieved through the use of strong ECM app management software and techniques.
The healthcare sector’s challenges are shared among many other industries, and more entities have begun to invest in ECM app management software as a result. Technavio recently released its latest forecast for the ECM market, and found that investments will soar to the tune of a compound annual growth rate of 13.7 percent between 2014 and 2019, driven by heightened needs for strong tools to handle data.
Regardless of size or industry, organizations must ensure that they are taking a proactive approach to ECM app monitoring and management in the coming years to prevent data breaches and get more out of the information stored.