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.
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.
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
Security is a particularly strong concern for healthcare organizations that deploy cloud services. Continue Reading
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
Find out why healthcare analytics and business intelligence technology can fail, even after those systems are up and running. Continue Reading
Cloud computing and artificial intelligence are only two of the business intelligence tools that are molding the future of healthcare. Continue Reading
2Analytics at the point of care-
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.
Find out why physicians are wary of becoming too reliant on clinical decision support tools. Continue Reading
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.
Karen DeSalvo goes into why public health goals shouldn't be brushed aside. Continue Reading
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
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