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Is Data Management the Key to a Healthier Future?

In a world increasingly driven by data, there may be no industry where the collection and interpretation of information carries such high stakes as healthcare. Hospitals generate huge amounts of data each time a patient walks through their doors – and how they manage said data can have a very tangible impact on patient outcomes.

By streamlining the way healthcare data is stored, shared, and analyzed, Hitachi is powering good – improving quality of life for patients while empowering caregivers to streamline their workflow, eliminate redundancies and minimize the possibility for error. Here is what you need to know about Hitachi and the future of healthcare:

1. The Landscape

Medical data collection has come a long way from the paper chart hanging at the foot of the bed. At innovative hospitals around the country, patient care is informed by a wealth of information: from genetic data and family history to details about lifestyle, personal health and diagnostic history.

Leveraging this information in order to provide the best possible care at minimal cost is one of the most intriguing challenges of our era, and it’s one Hitachi Healthcare is meeting head-on.

2. The Challenge

All great doctors know how to read a patient’s chart and quickly sort irrelevant details from the data points that really matter. As the amount of data collected has grown exponentially, however, it has become vital for hospitals to find tools that streamline this process.

Data-driven healthcare is still a fairly new concept – one that faces challenges typical to the adoption of any new technology. Poor interoperability, a lack of industry standards, few vendors with adequate capabilities and a lack of intelligent technologies that bring siloed data together. These insufficiencies are more than just inconvenient. They can mean real consequences for patients’ health, wallet, and quality of life.

3. The Opportunity

Forward-thinking data solutions, on the other hand, have the real possibility to reduce costs, improve patient outcomes and empower physicians to make decisions quickly and with confidence.

The ultimate goal of all healthcare innovation is providing better care and improving patient quality of life. Aggregating data across providers, simplifying decision making through deeper data analysis, highlighting critical threshold data and automating notification of critical results are just a few examples of how effective data management can have a tangible and immediate impact on healthcare outcomes.

4. The Solutions

In order to meet these challenges, Hitachi Healthcare has developed a host of innovative tools, including Lumada, an IoT platform that allows hospitals to automate data management, accelerate data discovery and receive real-time insights – such as predicting when critical equipment will break down before it happens.

Hitachi’s VidiStar Data Mining Software allows hospitals to produce even richer analysis of their critical report data, while the SONTICUS alert system tracks PACS data and automatically alerts hospital staff if critical points are exceeded.

These technology solutions are about more than simply automating hospital work. Each one is thoughtfully and strategically designed to help providers operate at the highest standard possible while creating an optimal patient experience.

5. Personalized Healthcare For Everyone

The more widely these technologies are implemented, the closer we will be to a future where every patient’s care is effortlessly tailored to their needs. Technology is at its best when it’s improving the quality of life of everyone who interacts with it, and that type of Social Innovation is what Hitachi Healthcare is all about.