Big data challenges persist in public health

Several challenges--including a culture still reliant on paper records--stand in the way of big data's use in the public health sector, according to an article published in Government Health IT. Chris Belmont, CIO of New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System, told Government Health IT that such a culture--a "retrospective and reactive" one in his eyes--clogs fluency in the healthcare industry, as a whole. "It's really still a paper-based system," he said. Belmont also pointed to mobilization of data across systems as a challenge for his organization. "We have a total of about 225 information systems that we support here at Ochsner," he said. "And all of these systems, more or less, keep their data in islands." Article

Suggested Articles

Ochsner Health System is partnering with Color to launch a population health pilot program to integrate genetic information into preventive care.

Health IT company Cerner announced a definitive agreement to acquire IT consulting and engineering firm AbleVets as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Tech giant Google has tapped former Obama administration healthcare official Karen DeSalvo as its first chief health officer.