I had a few revelations during our July 14-16 Healthcare Analytics Symposium & Expo 2014, which I chaired and during which I listened to the best and brightest analytics leaders discuss their efforts.

First is the great divide we're facing in terms of understanding the effects of real-world medicine. Our speakers were there to explain game-changing benefits their analytics programs yielded. What's encouraging is how analytics are driving efficiencies in clinical practice that yield enormous health and financial benefits; what's disheartening about many of the presentations is the realization of how many inefficiencies there are, and how these inefficiencies-and so many are right there in the data, slapping people across the face-are occurring right now, as you read this column.

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