The 3 phases of creating an analytics-powered learning health system

Five years ago, the healthcare industry was at the forefront of seeing the coming importance of Big Data, but back then, the electronic health record was the source of Big Data. Now, that has been eclipsed by claims and genomic data, as organizations strive to create learning health systems, said Jason Burke, chief analytics officer at UNC Healthcare, during a session at HDM’s Healthcare Analytics Symposium in Chicago. But what does it mean to have a learning health system? That’s a question the industry is still trying to understand, he noted. But there are building blocks that can help, particularly using data analytics and genomics to improve treatments and outcomes. Using baseball as an example, Burke outlined a three-phase process of how an individual acquires skills. In baseball, there is…


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