Six Ways the Intelligent Cloud Is Revolutionizing Health Care

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The evolution of intelligence: health care then…and now…

Health care intelligence has dramatically evolved during the past century, fueled by revolutionary discoveries and industry policies. Leading up to the 1950s, health care was reliant on intelligent people — doctors and nurses practicing "the art of medicine." The level of care that patients received was directly related to the training, intelligence and aptitude of the provider. Through the years, technology has progressed, leading to the creation of intelligent tools.

Today, technology advancements continue to fuel new treatment options that save and improve lives. Revolutionary advancements like the Human Genome Project and HITECH Act, in the United States, have led to an explosion of data that fuels the future of predictive health care. The twenty-first century health care landscape is about patient-centric digitized care, real-world evidence and maximizing the investment in existing systems while extracting top-line insights. The inflection point bridging to an era of applied intelligence is here and now.

With more influencers involved in the health care decision-making process than ever before, each with their own cost pressures, an ever-present need for increased alignment and communication is required between payers, providers, regulatory agencies and patient advocacy groups. Despite concerted efforts, cost containment is still a pervasive issue.

A new study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reveals that life science companies need to cut $36 billion from their operating costs to maintain their margins. This has led to significant pressure on companies to drive efficiency, yet technology continues to be deployed without a holistic view of the entire enterprise. The result is a hodgepodge of disparate systems that often create redundant, outdated, sometimes conflicting information sources. Many health care companies lack a cohesive, end-to-end technology solution for their data, applications and infrastructure. Luckily, the intelligent cloud brings forward a new way to drive sustained health care innovation while reducing costs, getting therapies and treatments to patients faster.

Mike Allelunas, IMS Health's general manager, Information Management, U.S., offers a look at how intelligent systems are bringing about a revolution in health care data management.


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