The estimated proportion (80%) of data in medical offices that is considered “unstructured.” Unstructured data are items that are not easily organized; for example, they do not fit neatly into a spreadsheet. In a medical office, these would include such things as physicians’ notes, emails, and photos.

So what?

Beware! Although “structured” information can be attained and scanned more quickly (think column-row databases), it does not necessarily mean that it’s easier to fully grasp the dynamics of a complex challenge like a medical case, engineering problem or even a political issue.