During his tenure as director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Farzad Mostashari treated the media to a number of quotable soundbites. On one memorable occasion he equated the adoption of health IT — in this case, EHRs — with slaying dragons. Indeed, after falling behind other industries in terms of leveraging IT, the healthcare industry has made considerable progress towards meaningful use goals. With the year coming to a close, it’s time to look at where our quest to transform healthcare with hospital data analytics will take us — and what dragons we may encounter along the way.
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