Closing the gap in data will be a key step in filling in evidence gaps, HealthCore-NERI Principal Scientist Dr. Kevin Haynes said during a recent discussion with HealthEconomics.Com Founder and CEO Dr. Patti Peeples.
Haynes said the ability to generate “high-quality evidence” will be significantly improved as the number of innovative data solutions continues to rise.
“One area of data fragmentation is in the patient journey across health care systems creating a long-term fragmentation,” he said. “This creates a fluid space of data moving across health plans as jobs, spouse, and life circumstances change our insurance coverage and access to health care systems.”
Managing data and data privacy, however, remain significant obstacles toward more broad implementation of data solutions, Haynes said.
” … We are in an era now where we need to link to other data sources to close gaps in data fragmentation,” he said. “This creates a need to utilize protected health information or personal identifiable information which may increase the risk of study participants in observational research.”
To read the full discussion on HealthEconomics.Com’s official blog, tHEORetically Speaking, click here.