From the Institute of Medicine:
Digital health data are the lifeblood of a continuous learning health
system. A steady flow of reliable data is necessary to coordinate and
monitor patient care, analyze and improve systems of care, conduct
research to develop new products and approaches, assess the
effectiveness of medical interventions, and advance population health.
The totality of available health data is a crucial resource that should
be considered an invaluable public asset in the pursuit of better care,
improved health, and lower health care costs.
This publication summarizes discussions at the March 2012 IOM workshop
to identify and characterize the current deficiencies in the
reliability, availability, and usability of digital health data and
consider strategies, priorities, and responsibilities to address such
deficiencies. Download here
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