CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2018; 27(01): 234-236
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641199
Gremy Award Papers
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

The Datafication of Everything — Even Toilets

Kwok-Chan Lun
Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Consulting Singapore, Singapore; Professor, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (retired), Singapore
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Publication Date:
22 April 2018 (eFirst)



Health informatics has benefitted from the development of Info-Communications Technology (ICT) over the last fifty years. Advances in ICT in healthcare have now started to spur advances in Data Technology as hospital information systems, electronic health and medical records, mobile devices, social media and Internet Of Things (IOT) are making a substantial impact on the generation of data. It is timely for healthcare institutions to recognize data as a corporate asset and promote a data-driven culture within the institution. It is both strategic and timely for IMIA, as an international organization in health informatics, to take the lead to promote a data-driven culture in healthcare organizations. This can be achieved by expanding the terms of reference of its existing Working Group on Data Mining and Big Data Analysis to include (1) data analytics with special reference to healthcare, (2) big data tools and solutions, (3) bridging information technology and data technology and (4) data quality issues and challenges.