El Camino to tap data to boost LEAN ways

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El Camino Hospital plans to add a new data warehouse as part of its broader initiative to implement LEAN process management and enhance organization-wide business intelligence.

El Camino, with two campuses in Silicon Valley – Mountain View and Los Gatos – will deploy technology from Health Care DataWorks (HCD). The company’s KnowledgeEdge Enterprise Data Warehouse will aggregate data for access to information across multiple operational systems, including clinical, administrative and financial functions, officials say.

Initially, El Camino Hospital plans to implement business intelligence surrounding clinical services to manage metrics such as quality, patient experience and value-based purchasing.

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KnowledgeEdge includes numerous accelerators, such as an underlying data model, pre-built dashboards, reports and applications.

“We’re looking forward to working with HCD to implement a business intelligence solution that empowers our team to achieve results,” said El Camino CIO Greg Walton in a news release. “Our objective is to access organization-wide information from a technology perspective as well as to create processes that engage and encourage employees to maximize use of the Enterprise Data Warehouse to the benefit of the entire health system.”

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HCD partnered with El Camino Hospital’s LEAN process team to develop a business intelligence roadmap that serves as the foundational strategy for the data warehouse. The process included joint planning sessions to assess information needs and garner insights from end users as to how they would use data in their everyday responsibilities.

“We’re working hand-in-hand to deliver a business intelligence solution that incorporates the methodology, strategy and technology to integrate with El Camino Hospital’s lean process management,” Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO, said in the news release. “Together, we’re putting El Camino Hospital in a stronger position to leverage vast information resources to enhance decision-making on multiple levels and positively influence a wide range of metrics.”