“Gartner defines unstructured data as content that does not conform to a specific, pre-defined data model. It tends to be the human-generated and people-oriented content that does not fit neatly into database tables.”
-Darin Stewart, Gartner
When discussing the healthcare landscape, you can scarcely get past the handshake before the looming elephant of unstructured data enters the room. This uninvited guest sits in your periphery; a constant reminder about what many healthcare and IT professionals have yet to tame.
Suffice to say unstructured data – text-heavy sections of patient information and history in the realm of healthcare – still poses an issue that is untenable in most doctor offices and hospitals.