Precision medicine is an emerging field that someday soon could allow clinicians and patients to make more informed decisions about treatments that would ultimately improve care, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs. While there are challenges in getting there and naysayers who don’t believe in the integration of genomic data with EHRs, the recent work of healthcare organizations around the country has made me a believer.

With all of the unstructured data in medical journals, doctors' notes, radiology images, and faxes, health IT vendors have been developing technology to help the healthcare industry make sense of all the loose data. And it is important to remember that big data is more than just a sea of information; it is an opportunity to find insights in new and emerging areas of healthcare.

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Source: Linking DNA and EHRs: We’re on the Way