Thinking about Data in New Ways

By: Jim Harding, MultiScale Founder & CTO

Dave Johnson’s article “No Time to Waste: Revolutionizing Healthcare Data Collection, Curation, and Application is nothing if not provocative and insightful.

What does it mean for data to be truly free? At MultiScale, we’ve been thinking hard about health data, what it means to free it, how to do it, and why it’s so important for a long time.

Here’s a quick primer for how to free health data:

1.   Replicate: We believe freeing health data should be about “replicating” it, not removing it from where it resides. Replicating has many benefits, not the least of which is relieving the burden placed on IT shops to manage complicated interfaces.

2.   Transfer: Where should health data reside? We believe that transferring health data to a safe, secure cloud is the future. Here’s one way we keep cloud data safe and secure.

3.   Transform: To make cloud-based health data meaningful and usable for real-time health operations it can’t be aged. Data must be transformed through continual processing of new data so that new results and insights can be derived.

4.   Liberate: Once the health data is transformed it must be dislodged from where it is stored and streamed into the hands of those that need to see it. We do this with mobile, problem-solving apps that clinicians subscribe to.

At MultiScale we call the data liberation process TTS: Transfer-Transform-Subscribe. The TTS process moves health data from its transaction source to users who need it-in a curated form. This means that if our machine-learning technology determines a readmission-risk event on a patient, that result is pushed to the users who subscribe so that they can instantly act on that knowledge/event. The TTS process aligns perfectly with what Johnson describes as the Free, Curate, and Collaborate (FCP) process.

When health data is fully liberated, all relevant data flows to the right platforms, to be processed for the right users, at the right time. This benefits caregivers, patients and all concerned.

This is how real-time clinical communication and collaboration is awakened. And, this is the first step to becoming a real-time health system.