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Volume 3, Number 2, March/April 2015

Six components of a healthcare data analytics strategy

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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