Big Data Just Got Bigger: Implications of Real-World Evidence and Patient-Entered Data on Health Care and Health Care Policy – American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine – article

Big Data Just Got Bigger: Implications of Real-World Evidence and Patient-Entered Data on Health Care and Health Care Policy

Dana M. George, Aaron E. George, Kelly L. George | American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

2019-10-22

Advancing care delivery in lifestyle medicine and primary care has increasingly benefited from unique data sources and points. To remain competitive and relevant in modern practice, physicians and health systems must tackle and engage the implementation of big data and advanced applications for increasingly complex care. In many cases, information is being aggregated, though barriers exist in terms of accessing, interpreting, and making it actionable. New mobile device applications have eased some barriers, yet present challenges of their own. These new applications, designed to gather patient-entered data outside of traditional clinical settings, will require new policies, systems, and workflows. From a business perspective, collecting such data has potential value to patient care and patient engagement as well as financial incentives. If handled correctly, these additional data sources, including those not previously accessible, have the potential to vastly improve patient health.

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