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Guide to business intelligence and health IT analytics

This guide is a compilation of tips and expert advice on how to apply analytics, business intelligence and population health management programs within a patient care setting.

Introduction

Technology is frequently used as a tool through which healthcare providers and their IT departments can monitor and improve the business and personal performance of every aspect of their organization. For example, an analytics program that is deployed to examine a patient population's medical data can then become the starting point for a provider's business intelligence program. The results found by mining patient data can inform future care decisions and help the IT team discover any technology-related operational malfunctions.

There's no doubt technology can be a valuable asset to healthcare practitioners when used properly, but convincing them to use new technology hasn't been a cinch. Some physicians neglect clinical decision support tools in favor of consulting a colleague. A downside of healthcare organizations installing new technology containing patient data is that it creates additional security concerns. The ability for new technology to analyze data without improperly exposing protected health information will be key to determining how much it can improve the delivery of healthcare.

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Applications of healthcare business intelligence

There is more data than ever for healthcare providers to use to maximize their operational efficiency. Information derived from social media and captured on patients' mobile health devices are two examples. This section covers how providers are using business intelligence tools to analyze data and improve the experience of their patients. Business intelligence through cloud computing is an option for providers, but it comes with its own set of security issues.

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Discover how providers apply business intelligence to big data

Social media is yet another source of data through which providers can monitor patients and health trends. Learn how they can apply this data to their business goals. Continue Reading

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Business advantages of cloud have the attention of healthcare organizations

Security is a particularly strong concern for healthcare organizations that deploy cloud services. Continue Reading

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Five keys to mastering healthcare business intelligence

A successful business intelligence program starts with good data. What's required to turn that data into meaningful analysis may be a surprise. Continue Reading

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Tips for patching analytics, business intelligence errors

Find out why healthcare analytics and business intelligence technology can fail, even after those systems are up and running. Continue Reading

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Boost in computing power multiples power of health IT

Cloud computing and artificial intelligence are only two of the business intelligence tools that are molding the future of healthcare. Continue Reading

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Clinical decision support and health IT analytics

How can providers mine health data for information without exposing patients' private information? That important question is examined in this section of the guide. Also, learn why some physicians have accepted the analysis provided to them via clinical decision support tools and why others still refuse to consult this form of technology for a second opinion when making a decision about a patient's care. Like every other form of technology, healthcare analytics resources are only as good as their security and backup measures allow them to be. A cybersecurity expert explains how to approach protecting your health IT department from today's threats.

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The ups and downs of clinical decision support

A years-long government-sponsored study turned up some surprising results about the efficacy of analytics. Continue Reading

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Cybersecurity pro examines threats in healthcare

Analytics are no use unless healthcare organizations protect their data. Mac McMillan dishes out advice on what security precautions to take. Continue Reading

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Privacy a top concern during clinical analysis

An analytics expert explains under which circumstances a patient's identifying information should be available. Continue Reading

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Analytics becoming a way of life for providers

Discover why more healthcare organizations are using analytics tools to keep up with regulatory changes. Continue Reading

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Real-time analytics slowly working its way into patient care

Find out why physicians are wary of becoming too reliant on clinical decision support tools. Continue Reading

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Quantity of data challenges healthcare analysts

There are a few simple steps health IT analysts should follow when examining data they are unfamiliar with. Continue Reading

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Analytics backups preserve clinical decision support

Too many healthcare organizations take analytics for granted and don't realize what would happen to their workflows if their backups failed. Continue Reading

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How technology controls population health

Population health management, or the collective treatment of a group of patients, is an area that has matured along with the use of technology in healthcare. Though technology has come a long way, there are still hurdles, including those involving the exchange of health information among care facilities, that are causing hospitals to achieve treatment advances at different rates. This section contains information on why participating in an accountable care organization is one way for healthcare providers to commit to improving their population's health and why that commitment has proven elusive for some.

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Population health management in the home

Find out when healthcare services could become part of your cable bill. Continue Reading

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Accountable care progress held up by technology

Technology that supports health information exchange is being adopted at a plodding rate. Learn why this is affecting accountable care organizations. Continue Reading

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Karen DeSalvo, M.D. explains her public health mission

Karen DeSalvo goes into why public health goals shouldn't be brushed aside. Continue Reading

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Clinical decision support education a must

Too many physicians still don't know how to use clinical decision support technology to their advantage. Continue Reading

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Chief information officer walks through population health process

A CIO of a New Jersey hospital system shares his organizations' technology-based population health plan and how it will lead them to accountable care. Continue Reading

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National health IT coordinator talks population health

The head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains her career background and the early days of her government tenure. Continue Reading

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