Business Intelligence

Healthcare providers are utilizing business intelligence solutions to analyze data such as revenue, staff performance and efficiency of operations. BI solutions, often manifested as informational dashboards, are increasingly included in hospital information systems and integrated with enterprise electronic health records.

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Analytics tools are increasingly being deployed across healthcare, but in few places are investments in those technologies more important than at small and rural hospitals.
February 6, 2015
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With electronic health records now well established, a mature U.S. hospital IT market is expected to see higher growth opportunities in the non-clinical segment over the next seven years.
February 5, 2015
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One meaningful use manager explains how, despite having "providers in every level of every stage" of the process, she's able to keep costs down by keeping tabs on attestations as a team of one.
February 4, 2015
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Technology challenges carry some blame for the sorry state of health data exchange in the U.S., but it's also a matter of simple dollars and cents.
February 2, 2015
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With so much set to change on Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-10 offers the chance to home in on process improvements that can enhance the revenue cycle. Early awareness of myriad factors affecting key performance indicators is, well, key.
January 29, 2015
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Huron Consulting Group, a public company that offers healthcare consulting on IT, strategy and more, is poised to acquire Studer Group, which focuses on helping providers improve clinical and financial outcomes.
January 27, 2015
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More and more healthcare organizations are recognizing the value of population health management -- and a majority say they expect to recoup their investments in the technology to power those programs in just a few years.
January 19, 2015
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The explosion of big data has created a big market for clinical and business intelligence -- and means some big decisions for providers looking to make smart analytics purchases. A new report from KLAS weighs the merits of BI vendors large and small.
January 9, 2015
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Analytics startup Apervita, which bills itself as the first health analytics marketplace, has garnered $18M in its first round of funding. It will use the money to accelerate the development of its platform, says the company's CEO, Paul Magelli.
January 8, 2015
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Primary care doctors at Arch Health Partners, a 90-physician multi-specialty practice affiliated with Palomar Health, recently ramped up care of patients with hypertension -- with promising results.
January 8, 2015
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Knowledge is power. The folks who run Maine's statewide HIE have always been keenly aware of this adage -- focused not merely on delivering information, but on putting the vast data they collect to work helping providers give the best care. Now they plan to expand this sustainability model to other HIEs.
January 7, 2015
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In what Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton calls a groundbreaking deal, Minneapolis-based health system Allina Health -- Health Catalyst's first client -- will invest $100 million in the data warehousing company, committing to work with it on a 10-year initiative to build a new model for improving outcomes system-wide.
January 6, 2015
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Latency is the life-blood of any database application. When transactions slow, it is often a direct result of disk contention at the storage layer driving-up storage I/O latency, which directly translates into slower transactions and a slower end-user experience. Moving to an all-flash architecture for your database affords immediate and obvious performance benefits, but also introduces a whole host of operational benefits: - Simplify operations - Eliminate tuning - Provide a price point that is less expensive than disk based and even hybrid systems
March 25, 2014
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Learn how every business can improve efficiency, compete better, and deliver compelling user experiences with flash. You'll also gain access to Gartner's 2013 Cool Vendor Report Download our ebook and learn how you can improve efficiency, compete better and deliver compelling user experiences.
March 25, 2014
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Pure Storage set out with a simple mission: to create a purpose-built storage array that overcomes these barriers. The result is the Pure Storage FlashArray and its tightly-coupled software, the Purity Operating Environment. When compared to a disk array, the FlashArray is 10X faster (on both IOPS and latency); 10X more efficient in power, space, and cooling; more reliable on enterprise workloads; so simple that it installs in minutes and less costly than the $5 per GB that is the going rate for performance disk.
March 25, 2014
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To create truly engaged communities of care, you must do more than implement a patient portal. By elevating your patient portal to a platform, you create a vehicle that connects patients, physicians and all stakeholders across the care continuum. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult (or costly) as you might think. Change the way you think about patient portals.
March 12, 2014
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Your inpatient EHR should not be one of the challenges you face as you prepare for Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3. We invite you to download the MEDHOST Meaningful Use Tip Sheet to gauge whether your EHR is ready for Stage 2. Don't jeopardize your attestation plans and risk losing the financial and clinical rewards of Meaningful Use. Find out if your EHR is a 2014 Edition Complete EHR, certified by ONC.
March 12, 2014
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A visual look at ITaaS transformation. Get an inside look at the potential gains the healthcare industry can make to improve services delivery at lower cost.
November 4, 2013
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Learn how Saint Luke’s is transforming IT into a service provider, improving clinical and business applications delivery, and cutting storage costs in half.
November 4, 2013
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ITaaS provides healthcare organizations with the ability to lower operational costs, restructure from capital to operating expenses, and improve service levels. This white paper offers best practices regarding the technology infrastructure, business processes, and IT organizational structure to help healthcare providers maximize the value and impact of ITaaS across their organizations.
November 4, 2013
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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Seeking to improve daily workflow and decrease A/R days, Roanoke, Virginia-based Carilion Clinic discovered that through tight integration with its Epic HIS, SSI’s ClickON® Technology solutions could help the health system achieve its goals. With SSI, Carilion Clinic now boasts an impressive 47-52 A/R day range for hospital billing and 25-30 days for professional billing.
July 8, 2013
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At the precipice of the 5010 conversion, Hendersonville, North Carolina-based Pardee Hospital embarked on a change of billing vendors. With guidance from SSI’s acclaimed customer support, the nationally recognized, not-for-profit community hospital thrived during the transition and continues to benefit from ClaimSmart Suite®, SSI’s fourth generation Revenue Cycle Management solution.
July 8, 2013
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Here are five ways to find inspiration for healthcare innovation from other industries. These approaches may inspire you to adopt new knowledge, and think differently.
November 25, 2013
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More than 1,000 companies exhibited at HIMSS13. Did you go? If you did, can you name 10 companies, or even 5, and describe their trade show exhibits? If you’re like most attendees, you can’t.
November 19, 2013
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How can healthcare payers and providers, including Healthcare.gov, position themselves to come out on top as players scramble to be digitally relevant?
November 12, 2013
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With sporting events, like the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Olympics, there are clear winners and obvious leaders within the various competitions. However, in healthcare technology, the leaders are less obvious.
November 7, 2013
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The term “patient engagement” returns 565,000 Google search results in less than four-tenths of a second. In contrast, the term “physician engagement” returns roughly one tenth of the total number of results and most are related to hospital or healthcare management practices.
September 26, 2013
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There are obvious pros and cons to both sides of the debate but it's a "win/win" scenario -- you can't go wrong with either choice but one is more expensive than the other (in terms of dollars and opportunity costs).
July 8, 2013
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Yesterday I led the Clinical IT Governance meeting at BIDMC and I thought it would be interesting for my readers to get an inside look of the kind of topics we're discussing and how we're implementing our most challenging projects.
May 29, 2013
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I like to think of social business intelligence as listening posts across the entire spectrum of social media outlets. It is closely related to social customer relationship management, which also takes the next step to understand and act upon consumer and patient attitudes.
May 28, 2013
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One of the things I like about HIMSS is connecting with people and events that I only get to see once each year. It's like the friend's child you see infrequently; growth and change is so much more obvious.
March 12, 2013
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Improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare is a national priority. While clinical quality measures have been around for some time, they are now taking center stage through federal, state and commercial quality/pay for performance (P4P) initiatives.
February 13, 2013
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The list of pain points for many healthcare organizations today is a long one. Lingering economic woes and uncertainty about the future has many a hospital administrator looking for new ways reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve staff efficiency, among other necessary strategies.
January 15, 2013
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In 2013, healthcare IT will experience these six shifts that have the potential to transform the industry.
January 11, 2013
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