Hospital CIO: HL7 messaging protocol key to data mining

With the amount of data healthcare organizations are collecting constantly growing, the HL7 messaging protocol is key to the data mining process, Wes Wright, senior vice president and CIO at Seattle Children's Hospital, tells

HL7, a formatted messaging protocol, allows data to flow through it from virtually every piece of equipment or medical system hooked into a network.

"If I can take that HL7 messaging and pump it into a great big data store, then I can start doing mining on that store in a Google-esque type of way," Wright said.

With so much unstructured data coming in, Wright added that professionals' eyes should be on the data mining potential coming into the market. It will be hybrid world because a little bit of both--unstructured and structured data--always seems to work the best, he said. Article

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