Healthcare is changing rapidly with new rules, practices, increasing competition and consumer expectation. This has also necessitated a change in our own practices and perceptions. As healthcare administrators and workers find that established methods are no longer adequate in dealing with the changing scenario, we must look out of the box; find solutions that are tailored to match this changing situation.
We have both a solution and challenge in the form of Big Data. Since last year Big Data has come to rule tech trends. Experts have realized that the massive data that we have today can play a very important role if utilized correctly. The challenge lies in just that. How do we deal with this massive influx of data? This is where software like Microsoft SQL Server comes in.
Growing Data Base
Healthcare organisations have always been a massive generator of data and it will only increase as we go forward. By the time we reach 2025, experts predict that data mass will be 10 times it was in 2016! Yet, there is little understanding of this Big Data’s potential. For most healthcare organizations, Big Data is only a headache to be managed. In other words, they are only looking for immediate solutions, management of data so that it can store and retrieved efficiently.
But this is remarkably short-sighted. Healthcare Big Data has massive implications, a potential to literally change lives and build a healthy community. Even on organizational level, a proper analysis of the Big Data can help us implement the right policies and practices, bring about more effective patient engagement policies and more.
Some of the challenges that we face in healthcare Big Data analytics are:
- Inadequate support by existing software like EHRs
- Disparate streams of data that must be consolidated under one umbrella
- Need for specialized software for dealing with different functions
- Lack of awareness among the management
Problems on Relying on Basic Software
Surprisingly, a recent poll found that many organizations still rely on software that is more designed to be utilized for personal data management, such as spreadsheets. This was found completely inadequate for massive organizations with their multifaceted functioning, such as hospitals. An organization needs software that is scalable, safe, facilitates planning and is capable of bringing together the different streams of information.
While the simpler software may be adequate at entry points or in smaller organizations, but as we take a more macro view, the need for more sophisticated software becomes obvious. As number of users and functions becomes varied, a central consolidation becomes even more complex. Maintenance is another concern, since a larger organization takes more careful planning and execution.
How MS SQL Server Can Change this
The Microsoft SQL Server is an advanced database management solution. With the support of the SQL and the .Net architecture, the SQL Server was designed to manage the complex database of organizations like healthcare. Even apart from the Microsoft support (a considerable advantage in itself), SQL Server offers multiple benefits in the healthcare industry:
The database has excellent scalability and can be deployed simultaneously at multiple points. It can also be easily expanded to accommodate a growing organisation. Both the qualities make it ideal for large organisations that deal with different data functions and still leave a scope for expansion.
The database can be used for multiple applications. It also allows these to be collaborated so that data can be shared my different people.
Most healthcare organizations still do not pay adequate attention to security. Basic software works on just a basic security frame. SQL Server has a secure encryption system and a safe mechanism for cloud storage. Data is shared in a secure environment and access is rigorously monitored.
SQL Server has a number of in-built automated repair features; any modification is carefully installed for a calibrated installation.
Streamlining of processes:
SQL Server may have the ability of storing massive amount of data, but it also has a much more efficient deployment of information. Instead of working with complex and lengthy spreadsheets, one can simply access the relevant data in isolation.
An important part of data management is the ability to pinpoint any discrepancies. SQL Server has in-built features that are triggered anytime a change is incorporated. It also records details, such as whom, when and where.
About Author: Sandy is working with Aegis Health tech. The Company Offers Healthcare Software Development Services, EHR Consulting Services, EMR Solution and Patient Portal Software Solution Services to Global Clients of Healthcare Industry.