At the HIMSS Arizona Chapter event in March, “Connecting the Dots,” Dave Bennett, Orion Health executive vice president, product and strategy, discussed the methods for digitalizing healthcare in a session titled, “Shift to Precision Medicine.”


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As the end goal ignites the beginning of every business strategy across the spectrum of industries, healthcare is in the eye of the storm for digitalizing operations on an unprecedented scale. In specific, Bennett believes that for the payer, provider, and technology partners who serve these spaces, the end goal is clear: lowered costs, increased quality, and improved patient engagement. After mixing in a vastly expansive technology core to this strategy, it becomes very clear the digitalization of healthcare is more than a goal—it’s an imperative, and rightfully so.

“Cue the data tsunami and tailing obstacles of managing, digesting, and utilizing this data to achieve the ‘Triple Aim,’” Bennett said. Luckily for most cases, data management models have been thoroughly implemented and utilized in countless industries. “By default, large quantities of our data are bound to be stored through Cassandra, Spark, Amazon, or Elasticsearch, which are the main big data houses for companies ranging from Twitter and Instagram to Hulu and Netflix,” Bennett said.

With this future-proof architecture in place, the next hurdle is how to manage and apply this data in an environment clouded with interoperability growing pains. So how do we get there? Here’s what Bennett believes is needed:

  • Actionable and dynamic patient records
  • Dynamic patient decision support
  • Precise physician decision support
  • Real-time case and care management
  • Individualized care plans and goals
  • Adherence to medication and care plan/pathway
  • A future-proof architecture with open APIs for a secure, scalable, and distributed solution

Bennett believes the golden ticket for the payer and provider space is “sharing the cheese of this big data.” Paired with a projected $5-6 billion market growth in 5 years, data and a focus on quality measures, Bennett believes, will drive healthcare in an unparalleled fashion, and it will only grow more with technological advances through digital therapy concepts and medical sensors.


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