Improper Decision Making
One of the biggest problems potentially arising from data mismanagement is poor decision making. It is safe to assume that accurate data helps to inform decisions. If a healthcare provider’s data is neither useful nor accurate, these decisions could be potentially disastrous.
Healthcare deals in big data. Research suggests that, in 2020, healthcare professionals handled more than 2,300 exabytes of medical data total. An exabyte, for perspective, is a billion gigabytes. That is, more or less enough data to fill four million laptop hard drives.
That is an incredible amount of data to handle. With birth rates increasing, there will be more data to generate, too. This is one reason why data for decision making must be clear and actionable. The more data there is, the more chance, arguably, there will be for confusion.
Decision making could impact one life or several. Depending on the scope of the healthcare provider in question, data mismanagement could prove fatal. Data handling in healthcare impacts mass medical advice, as well as direction consultations.
If healthcare providers continue to grow dependent on data, the need for careful management will also increase.