In the (northern) summer Dr Mark Davies (NHS Information Centre) noted that:
We have lots of data but it's lazy data. We have to make it work and turn it into actionable data - data we can do something with.
Interview: The hard data man's soft spot. Health Service Journal, 2 August, 2012. p.17.There are many ways that we can put data to work. In the interview with HSJ Dr Davies also highlighted the common and not unexpected emphasis upon the organisational views of the world. Here in England in management the current preoccupation is the preparation for April 2013 of clinical commissioning groups. The NHS has an incredible resource in its data. Whether or not the volume involved qualifies as big data is debatable, but in the interview Dr Davies continues:
Professionals have a duty to measure, to compare and open up their data to scrutiny. "We talk about the purchaser provider split," he says. "But I think that is the wrong purchaser and provider. It is the split between the tax payer and public services that is important. ..." p.17.I've mapped this to Hodges' model below. You could say that taxation is POLITICAL and it clearly is, but it is also part of what is frequently termed the social contract. For me this is why Dr Davies' views matter.
Looking at the model we can also see the task ahead in the many ways (domains) in which data can be put to work.
lazy data (inertia!)
(information - knowledge)