Healthcare data is not linear. It is a complex, diverse beast unlike the data of any other industry. There are five ways in particular that make healthcare data unique:
1. Much of the data is in multiple places.
2. The data is structured and unstructured.
3. It has inconsistent and variable definitions; evidence-based practice and new research is coming out every day. 4. The data is complex.
5. Changing regulatory requirements.
The answer for this unpredictability and complexity is the agility of a late-binding Data Warehouse.