Healthcare is undergoing a revolution in the transformation of data into credible, actionable information for decision making at all levels, including financing, coverage, reimbursement, product development, diagnoses and treatment, clinical care delivery, and consumer choices. In a fascinating new interview, one of the world’s top experts on health informatics discusses the impact of big data on the future of healthcare.

In a new episode of the MediStrategy podcast, Murray Aitken of IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics explains:

  • The strategic implications of big data and advanced analytics for health insurers, hospitals, physicians, patients, life sciences firms, and government health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  • How and why health information and analytics are driving rapid change in the organization, reimbursement, and delivery of healthcare and in medical innovation – both in the US and throughout the globe.

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About Murray Aitken and IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics:

Murray Aitken, MBA, is senior vice president of IMS Health and executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.  Using IMS Health’s extraordinary wealth of data and sophisticated analytical tools, the Institute provides insights and information to help decision makers improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.  Their excellent, information rich reports, chart books, and video briefings are available free on the web at

Previously, Mr. Aitken was senior vice president, healthcare insight, leading IMS Health’s thought leadership initiatives worldwide. Before that, he served as senior vice president, corporate strategy from 2004 to 2007.  He joined IMS Health in 2001 with responsibility for developing the company’s consulting and services businesses. Prior to IMS Health, Mr. Aitken had a 14-year career with McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in the pharmaceutical and medical products practice from 1997 to 2001.  He writes and speaks regularly on the challenges facing the healthcare industry. He is editor of HealthIQ, a publication focused on the value of information in advancing evidence-based healthcare, and also serves on the editorial advisory board of Pharmaceutical Executive.  He holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and received an MBA degree with distinction from Harvard University.

About MediStrategy Podcast:

The MediStrategy podcast covers hot business and policy issues in Medicaid, Medicare, and health reform, with interviews with leaders and experts and insights on health policy, finance, and business strategy.  Health executives, policymakers, entrepreneurs, authors, and other influencers share challenges and opportunities in America’s rapidly changing $3.2 trillion health care system.  MediStrategy is hosted by Kip Piper, a national expert on Medicare, Medicaid, and health reform and prominent consultant, speaker, and author.

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