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The Economic Value of Health Care Data

Harper, Ellen M. DNP, MBA, RN

Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2013 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 105–108
doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e318286db0d
Original Articles

The amount of health care data in our world has been exploding, and the ability to store, aggregate, and combine data and then use the results to perform deep analyses have become ever more important. “Big data,” large pools of data that can be captured, communicated, aggregated, stored, and analyzed, are now part of every sector and function of the global economy. While most research into big data thus far has focused on the question of their volume, there is evidence that the business and economic possibilities of big data and their wider implications are important for consideration. It is even offering the possibility that health care data could become the most valuable asset over the next 5 years as “secondary use” of electronic health record data takes off.

Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri.

Correspondence: Ellen M. Harper, DNP, MBA, RN, Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO 64117 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.