Ending Data Co-Dependency [or, How to Love your Data Again]


Data is critical to everyday processes in healthcare. Data helps tackle operational issues, offers insight into performance, improve quality, safety and standardizes process, and allows us to better understand patients and markets.

As the industry continues to embrace social determinants of health (SDoH), disparities in care, consumerism, personalized medicine and digital health, data is, more than ever, the new oil.

Data isn’t easy. Data in the wild is unruly and as the word implies, untrained. It will bite you if you don’t treat it with respect.

As we start to leverage more wild data with acquisition of native unmanaged sources, both structured and unstructured, static and streaming, we are forced to domesticate it – take it home, feed it, care for it, and ultimately build partnerships around data and its needs for care and feeding.

If data doesn’t get the proper care, it can become a little grumpy and distant and hard to communicate with – sometimes even a little hostile. There comes a point where your relationship with data becomes the elephant in your yard because it won’t fit in your living room. At that point, whether you work in the payer, provider or services space, the days of ‘working around it’ are over.

Your relationship with data doesn’t have to be something you can’t tell your family about. It can be a better partnership – enlightening, mutually beneficial and something inspiring – even something worth blogging about!

The IQVIA Healthcare Center of Excellence is part consulting firm, part advisory service and part relationship counselor. We help organizations realize that they don’t have to be in an endless cycle of fights with their critical data.  We can help you learn to harmoniously acquiRe, Enrich, goVern, intEgrate, pRovision and visualizE (REVERE – get it?) your data in a way that will not only change how you think about data management, but make you love your data again.

Over the next few weeks we will cover this evolution of data management through a series of blogs that share some of our insights from over 4,000+ projects and 1,000+ customers.