Affordable Care Act – How Healthcare IT Needs to Prepare for Big Data

With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare consumers are now able to receive subsidies from the government, independent of any state involvement in insurance.  With these subsidies comes increased responsibilities for Healthcare IT agencies at both the national and state level. More consumers means an uptick in data management leading to increased infrastructure and security needs.

With this new ruling on insurance comes a wide array of data for Healthcare organizations to process.  Files full of patient records must be updated and added electronically to the database. Ever increasing claims must be submitted, filed, and approved. Not to mention a massive flow of consumers enrolling in more insurance plans after the passing of the ACA. 

This does not only create an issue in terms of volume and demand for Healthcare IT to maintain and protect. However, the analytical perspective on this change opens a world of opportunities. This new data can produce leads for Healthcare providers that can either establish or spell ruin for any practice. 

Providers now have even greater incentive to integrate the right Healthcare IT technology that will manage the quality and value of this massive incoming data surge. Also required is an upgraded IT infrastructure and security measures to protect the private information accompanied by this incoming flux of data.  If healthcare providers have been dragging their feet in effectively utilizing and protecting big data, this ruling in Congress should not only motivate but also threaten any practices who still fail to understand the magnitude that big data brings.