Grappling with unstructured data

Unstructured data (largely data outside of a database, like emails and edocuments) is a challenge for information governance.  How do you know what you have and where you have it, and how do you manage it, use it, and dispose of it?  Lawyers conducting discovery think in terms of technology assisted review.  What about real-world applications?

“McKesson Develops Tool To Analyze Medical Records,” The Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2017 B5.  Company develops tool to read and analyze information contained in multiple and diverse data sources.  Goal is to improve patient care.

Think for a moment about the challenge.  Data on specific patients are in several doctors’ files (and hospital reports and files), likely at different locations on different computer systems, and the potentially applicable medical literature is vast and widely distributed. Hopefully, most of this information is electronic and machine-readable.  How do you access all that information and then determine what’s useful for your particular patient?

Technology is the only way.

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