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Healthcare stakeholders weigh value of claims and clinical data

In healthcare, claims data is often described as a river that is a mile wide but only an inch deep, while clinical data—the analogy goes—is a mile deep and an inch wide. Yet, with the widespread adoption of electronic health record systems by providers, claims data often gets short shrift relative to EHRs.

However, understanding the distinctive benefits of claims and clinical data is critical if providers are to properly exploit their respective values.

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