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Six components of a healthcare data analytics strategy
This article is part of the Pulse issue of Volume 3, Number 2, March/April 2015
Healthcare IT directors face the difficult task of balancing financial and resource constraints with the information and technology needs of clinicians, administrators and other decision makers. Beyond the clinical and business systems required by healthcare organizations exists a dizzying array of data warehouse, business intelligence and analytics choices to make. I've explored some of these topics, including how analytics services in the cloud can provide technical and cost benefits to healthcare analytics when they're incorporated into an organization's overall health IT strategy. As part of an overall IT strategy, an effective healthcare data analytics strategy should align with the needs of the organization. Analytics-related issues include the hardware, software and human resources (analysts, database specialists, etc.) that are required to support the analytics needs of the healthcare organization. Useful analytics in healthcare requires a strong match between the clinical and business information used by decision makers...
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Paper-based medical record systems aren't gone yet, but they're waning as providers install EHR software and complete meaningful use attestation.
Although no curtain call is planned for meaningful use attestation, it sure looks like stage 3 reporting won't carry the oomph -- or rigidness -- of stage 2.
Most agree that meaningful use has driven the development of EHRs, but vendors complain that this focus has distracted them from improving ease of use.
A successful healthcare analytics strategy combines six important pieces that our expert explains. Also learn pointers on how to carry out this data analytics plan.
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Providers won't have to attest to stage 3 meaningful use until 2017. The objectives will hew closely to HHS' new value-based reimbursement approach.
The effect of industry feedback on the Health IT Policy Committee's recommendations for meaningful use stage 3 will soon be evident.