CIO discusses making analytics systems more meaningful

With payment reform just around the corner, many providers are looking to implement analytics systems.

Payment reform -- looming over the healthcare industry right now -- could push providers to shoulder greater financial risk for treating patients, to engage in population health activities and to eliminate variations in care. Analytics systems could support all these activities.

But most providers' business intelligence systems are more advanced than their clinical systems, which may make it difficult for them to pursue opportunities in accountable care. A new report from the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, titled, Analytics: The Nervous System of IT-Enabled Healthcare, describes some of the challenges and opportunities associated with analytics.

In this podcast, report co-author Jeff Brown, CIO of Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts, discusses some of the ways hospitals can get analytics systems up and running, and how providers can make these projects successful, even with relatively small technology investments. Additionally, he touches on the challenges of getting clinicians to support the adoption of analytics.

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This was first published in May 2013

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