Why data integration is essential for delivering
high value care
Insights Series issue 21: Turning data into value - a thought leadership paper on “Digitalizing healthcare” with Dr. Hee Hwang

04.05.2021

The volume of healthcare data is growing at an astronomical rate. Without a central data strategy, it will be difficult to leverage this data for clinical and operational decision support and deliver on the promise of value-based healthcare.

This paper, written together with Dr. Hee Hwang, gives insights into how Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) in South Korea applies its strategic approach to data integration and how their efficient use of resources through digitalization has helped SNUBH to improve outcomes and grow its revenue more than 11-fold since 2003.

It also highlights how their IT preparedness was key to managing the outbreak of COVID-19.

This paper is part of the Siemens Healthineers Insights series. It provides ideas and solutions on Digitalizing healthcare.


  • A platform that connects data automatically and acts as a central host of a broad range of AI-powered applications for better decision-making is the key to turn data into value.
  • Involving care teams early in the decision-making process overcomes one of the cultural barriers to digital transformation.
  • Providing care teams with the right digital tools along the patient pathway to collect, share and use patient data will enable them to provide the best possible care for each patient.

Read the paper to learn how SNUBH’s data integration effort allows them to implement digital tools along the patient pathway for better decision-making and to adapt during crisis situations.


Prof. Hartwig Huland

Dr. Hee Hwang, globally recognized as a leader for digitalizing healthcare is a professor and the CIO of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH), South Korea. Under his leadership, the hospital became the first outside of the U.S. to achieve digital maturity status HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 in 2010 and 2016. Beyond improving the hospital’s IT environment, he contributed to better clinical decision-making in the South Korean healthcare system by implementing a nationwide health information exchange.

For more on the Insights series, please visit siemens-healthineers.com/insights-series.

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