Summary report from O’Reilly’s Strata Rx (“data in healthcare”) Conference

October 8, 2013

Last week I spoke at O’Reilly’s StrataRx Conference in Boston and like all O’Reilly events is was full of great content, terrific networking opportunities, and run with precision. My friend and O’Reilly editor Andy Oram wrote a great blog post summarizing the event and it’s worth reading: “Ticking all the boxes for a health care upgrade at Strata Rx – What is needed for successful reform of the health care system?”

I’ve mentioned many times before that “Big Data” in healthcare is not a worthwhile topic for our industry to spend much time on and I was happy to see Strata Rx speakers and topics focused much more on actionable data and how we can put it to use today. My own presentation focused on the nuts and bolts of how we need to model data for a service oriented architecture and is available at SpeakerDeck.

  • Jean-Luc Morin

    Great deck! I wish I could’ve been there…

    You’re absolutely right! We must publish/share healthcare data so actionable information can be delivered to clinicians. To get a good handle on what is going on, you need inputs from disparate systems across multiple workflows. I see a lot of potential in semantic markups.

    One of the challenges is that data is stored in silos and therefore not published or available easily. Vendors aren’t financially motivated to implement data sharing mechanisms, especially when they’re the big players in their market. That data remains trapped within that vendor silo.

    What do you think would incent vendors to publish? Is there a way to make that trapped data available?

  • http://www.shahidshah.com Shahid N. Shah

    Thanks, Jean-Luc, glad you found it useful. The best way to make trapped data available is to create a business need for it and then force an executive to work with the vendor to make the data available. Most vendors aren’t being ‘evil’ and locking the data, they just aren’t incentivized to make the data liquid. There’s nothing easy about untrapping data when there’s no business need clearly identified and the appropriate investments in time and money aren’t applied to liberating the data.

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