“Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.” – Alfred North Whitehead

There is an important lesson here with ramifications for health IT: What is the good of information if not shared and used improve mankind? Now that many hospitals and medical practices have implemented EHR/EMR systems, they have a vast amount of powerful health data. Questions are now being asked to determine how digitized health data can be further shared to benefit researchers, public health officials, and the communication between medical institutions/offices.

Secondary use of data is defined as clinical, financial, administrative and self reported data that is aggregated, analyzed and presented in a concise, actionable format for the purpose of identifying trends, predicting outcomes and influencing patient care, drug development and therapy choices.

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