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Of Interest: HCA's top doc: Big data is already reshaping the country's biggest hospital company

August 2015
Nashville Business Journal


People talk a lot about the potential of big data to transform health care. Speaking at Jumpstart Foundry's inaugural Health: Further conference, HCA Holdings Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Perlin told the audience how it already has.

For Nashville-based HCA (NYSE: HCA), the nation's largest hospital operator by revenue (and soon, once Community Health Systems' planned spinout is complete, by hospitals once again), big data gained by hospitals upgrading their electronic medical record systems has led to reductions in hospital-acquired infections and new best practices for childbirth, Perlin said, to name just two examples. As Perlin tells it, the company's experience illustrates how using data not only to improve one patient's care but all patients' can help create "a learning health system" and "shape the care of the future."

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