Delivering Better Healthcare Outcomes: The Importance Of Complete And Trusted Data

In the digital era, data has become an invaluable asset, often referred to as ‘digital gold,’ thanks to its immense potential. To fully unlock the value of data, effective data management is essential for industries across the board. However, the healthcare sector faces particular challenges in realizing the true potential of its data, primarily due to the limitations related to the completeness and trust of the data consumers.

Applications that are prevalent in many healthcare organizations store data in isolated compartments. This approach diminishes accessibility and hampers efforts to interpret the data effectively. Moreover, these outdated data infrastructures often lack modern functionality and scalability, hindering healthcare organizations’ ability to integrate and manage evolving data models.

Thus, healthcare institutions must proactively embrace transformative initiatives and adopt new technological innovations to ensure reliable and complete data. This approach will result in improved outcomes for all stakeholders and enable the delivery of better care throughout the healthcare continuum.

The completeness of data in healthcare requires universal accessibility and ease of consumption by all stakeholders. By ensuring seamless access and a holistic view of information, all healthcare entities can work toward elevating the quality of care to patients.

Unmasking the dilemma of incomplete data

The comprehensiveness of healthcare data is vital as it enables healthcare providers to make informed decisions about a patient’s health. Complete data supports continuity of care, aids in research and population health analysis, and allows for quality improvement initiatives. This ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes, experience, and enhanced performance of the healthcare system as a whole.

However, there are interconnected factors that serve as barriers to achieving true completeness of data within the healthcare space. Let us delve into these primary reasons in greater detail:

Disparate systems

Healthcare data is collaborated upon by a complex network of providers, including hospitals, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, specialized care centers, and other stakeholders, such as payers. Each entity may use different software systems, applications, and databases leading to data islands. When data is distributed across multiple systems, it becomes siloed, making it challenging to obtain a 360-degree view.

Other systematic constraints

Healthcare systems often suffer from multiple constraints that hinder data completeness. Some of the main reasons are legacy systems and disparate platforms that lack robust data integration capabilities, making aggregating information from various sources difficult. Additionally, interoperability issues between different systems and applications can lead to data gaps and inconsistencies.

Data – To trust or not to trust?

Ensuring the reliability and credibility of data is equally essential alongside data completeness in the healthcare sector. The seamless exchange of trusted data plays a pivotal role in enabling the delivery of efficient and effective care.

The intricate process of transferring data from one system to another within the healthcare ecosystem often requires diverse techniques of transforming the data. These transformations occur during data movement among various healthcare systems. As data catches dust while progressing through transformation, there is a risk of losing the original format and relevant details, making it challenging for businesses to trust the data. Additionally, the visibility of each data transformation’s timing is crucial for ensuring reliability. Moreover, technological advancements enable the collection, storage, and analysis of large volumes of healthcare data, but they also introduce challenges, such as code variations and complexities. When multiple codes impact data during transformations, it undermines the confidence in the data’s integrity.

Enabling ‘complete and trusted’ data

The completeness of data in healthcare requires universal accessibility and ease of consumption by all stakeholders, fostering collaboration. For instance, payers may not possess in-depth knowledge about the intricacies of healthcare providers’ services or the patients’ detailed clinical records. However, when all relevant data is easily accessible and comprehensive, payers and providers can collaborate effectively, improving patient outcomes. By ensuring seamless access and a holistic view of information, all healthcare entities can enhance the coordination and quality of care provided to patients.

Additionally, as healthcare data is shared across various applications and is subject to transformations, it is essential that the data be available for viewing in both its raw format and transformed states. This transparency helps stakeholders understand how the data has been processed and modified, ensuring visibility into any changes. Real-time monitoring of the data is yet another crucial factor for up-to-date information. It allows prompt identification of discrepancies, errors, or inconsistencies, enabling immediate corrective action and ensuring data integrity.

A unified data platform – The missing piece to the puzzle

At HTC, we understand that healthcare businesses need low code/no code, agile, and scalable data platforms that provide curated data channels, ensuring comprehensive, trusted, and consistent data.

Our Healthcare Digital Analytics Platform (HDAP) offers a universal data model where data can be monitored and managed through a user-friendly interface built to be flexible. Further, our data model can easily integrate all types of healthcare data as required, enhancing your data infrastructure’s scalability. Built on low-code/no-code technologies, our platform is comprised of governance standards that ensure the transparency of data throughout its chronological journey. This empowers you to own your data with trust and confidence.

Accelerate your data journey with robust analytics, improved adoption, and reduced cost of ownership with HTC’s future-ready data platform tailored for healthcare.


Raghuram Mylavarapu

Raghuram Mylavarapu

Data-Driven Healthcare Leader



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