Digital data is proliferating exponentially and is pervasive in every organization, sector and economy. Companies churn out volumes of transactional data, capturing information about customers, suppliers and operations while individuals contribute by using the Web, digital entertainment and social media.
As organizations merge their interactions with those of individuals, a further amount of digital data is created.
By 2020, the digital universe will reach 40 zetabytes (ZB) — a 50-fold increase from 2010, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), a firm that provides market intelligence for the technology industry. (A ZB is the equivalent of 1,0004 GB.)
Meanwhile, global management consultant McKinsey estimated that 15 out of 17 sectors in the United States have more data stored per company than the entire US Library of Congress.
In the health care industry, the doubling of medical information and knowledge will contract from a rate of 3.5 years in 2010 to just 73 days in 2020, according to a study by the American Clinical and Climatological Association. Electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) systems coupled with the use of mobile computing devices in hospitals generate large data sets and are fast emerging as technology innovations to improve medical care. The rise in consumer health information websites and online disease support groups all add to the burgeoning digital data space.
Compounding the digital data challenge is the fact that multiple health care stakeholders – pharmaceutical and medical products industries, providers, funders and patients – each create separate data pools that remain largely unconnected.
Increasingly, health care organizations are recognizing the opportunities these pools of medical data can potentially bring. They have begun developing and implementing technology strategies to integrate information and extract insights from the data sets. Their goal: to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care delivery while saving time and money and optimizing administrative efficiency.
Award unites health care information and technology
In Asia Pacific, Elsevier celebrated the amalgamation of health care information with technology at the first-ever Asia Pacific Digital Healthcare Week, held in Singapore in conjunction with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
The inaugural HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award recognizes organizations for "outstanding achievements in the implementation and usage of health information and technology" to improve quality of care and patient safety.
"Technology is the enabler that helps deliver the right information to the right place at the right time to the right person to make the right decision," said Gerrit Bos, Asia Pacific Managing Director of Health Sciences for Elsevier, at the award ceremony. "It allows communities and networks to cooperate, collaborate and inter-operate.
"The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award celebrates the efforts of true innovators that have leveraged the transformational role of technology to harness the power of medical and health care information to improve the quality of lives in your communities."
Stephen Lieber, HIMSS' President and CEO, said the award recognizes organizations that are leading the way in health care IT adoption for improved patient care and safety, and can serve to inspire a new wave of health IT advancement.[divider]
Seven awards were handed out to six health care organizations from across Asia Pacific were honored for innovative technology deployment that was most appropriate for the communities they serve based on their needs and priorities.
The 2013 recipients of the inaugural HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award are:
- Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd from India for its Patient Engagement Platform (PEP).
- Changi General Hospital from Singapore for its closed loop medication management system (with QR coded sachets).
- Hong Kong's Prince of Wales Hospital for its Security-Enhanced Mobile Imaging Distribution System (SEMIDS).
- Seoul National University Bundang Hospital from Korea for its n-Device strategy for improved care coordination and empowered patient engagement as well as next generation Hospital Information System (HIS) focusing on innovative user experience.
- Shanghai East Hospitalfrom China for its Clinical Pathway Information Management System (CPIS).
- Tan Tock Seng Hospital from Singapore for its SmartSense System.
Based in Singapore, Jason Chan is the Director of Corporate Relations for Asia Pacific and leads all corporate, media and policy communications efforts across the region as well as acting as a central communications counsel and resource for Elsevier senior management in Asia. He is a communications practitioner of 17 years, having worked at EMC International, Seagate Technology and Hill & Knowlton. He has a BA degree in Mass Communications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and joined Elsevier in June.