Digitalizing Healthcare

How smart organizations are leveraging the power of IT in the digital age

Digitalizing Healthcare

Information has always been the heart of good healthcare. In our digital age however, we face a mountain of data that can feel more like its Achilles tendon. With 80% of data remaining unstructured1 and the amount of data we produce doubling each year2, the need to ‘digitalize healthcare’ is urgent. In simple terms, we can proactively use information technology (IT)—in all its forms—as a strategic tool to ease consolidation, facilitate standardization, and achieve the promise of value-based healthcare.

Instead of reactively wrestling with (or ignoring) the data they are drowning in, successful organizations are using IT to transform care delivery, to expand precision medicine, and to improve patient experiences. And, their approach isn’t limited to just the data they generate. They are also considering the software and/or programming tools available to both tame it and train it—as well as the 21st century technologies and infrastructure that can be used to aggregate, analyze, and share it.



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The outcomes obtained by the Siemens customers described here were realized in the customer’s unique setting. Since there is no typical laboratory, and many variables exist, there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.