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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Like most CIOs of three-hospital health systems, Karen Bowling has plenty keeping her busy these days. Now there's even more to do. With the mission of meeting a slew of federal mandates pretty much well in hand, it's time to help steer toward a future of accountable care.
April 10, 2014
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With apologies to Internet meme-makers everywhere, analytics experts have a message for healthcare providers trying to get their heads around business and clinical intelligence: "Big data, you're doing it wrong."
April 4, 2014
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We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it?
April 3, 2014
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In its second analytics buy in the past three months, GE Healthcare will acquire Montreal-based CHCA Computer Systems, which develops operating room management technology.
April 2, 2014
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There are two types of analytics projects: those boundary-pushing advancements that, where they do exist, are mainly the product of big hospitals and academic medical centers, and the humbler, more doable -- but sometimes just as valuable -- insights that can be gleaned by smaller providers.
April 1, 2014
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Healthcare IT is very good at collecting data, but are we using it to make good decisions?
March 31, 2014
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Smart use of clinical and business intelligence has helped earn 21 University of Iowa Health Care clinics a spot among an elite few, as they've been awarded a Stage 7 Ambulatory Award from HIMSS Analytics.
March 27, 2014
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The supply chain represents about 25 percent of a healthcare facility's operating budget, and industry trends strongly indicate that this percentage will continue to grow. Thus, supply chain optimization is not an option, it's a must.
March 25, 2014
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Buckling under the weight of $750 million in debt, voice recognition and medical transcription company M*Modal has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
March 21, 2014
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The latest deployment of IBM's cognitive computing technology is at the New York Genome Center, where Watson will help oncologists speed their research for personalized cancer care.

March 21, 2014
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Ambient Clinical Analytics is a new startup, founded by Mayo Clinic researchers with help from Silicon Valley investors, that aims to bring data assimilation, communication and analytics to the bedside.
March 20, 2014
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It looks like investors are drawn to the concept of price transparency in healthcare, giving Castlight affirmation this morning, with shares rising 139 percent on its first day of trading.
March 14, 2014
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This white paper discusses how using analytics can provide insights into improving relationships between physicians and patients as well as improving patient adherence to medication therapy. This paper also offers five best practices to engage patients as active members of the care team.
July 2, 2012
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Structured and unstructured information are valuable assets that allow companies to make informed business decisions. As a common practice, companies have adopted back office systems and CRM as part of their IT infrastructure to address structured information that’s commonly found in databases. While CRM lays the foundation for the IT infrastructure it does not address the unstructured data that can be found between core systems.
June 22, 2012
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The efficient management of healthcare facilities has always presented challenges between delivering technology that meets the needs of staff and increases efficiencies, while contributing to the overall healing environment. Increasingly, the Healthcare Facilities Manager and IT Manager roles are beginning to converge, becoming the pivotal point where infrastructure and information technology come together. This paper reviews the top four trends in healthcare facilities management and how IT plays a key role.
May 3, 2012
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Hospital executives know that traditional cost-cutting methods have reached the point of diminishing return. Reduced reimbursement, increasing regulations, staff reductions, mandatory overtime, and lower capital expenditures have had disastrous effects on care delivery and the overall health of provider institutions. Yet the federal government is asking for more givebacks. You say you can’t squeeze water from a stone, but perhaps you can.
April 17, 2012
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The United States is undergoing a major transformation of its healthcare delivery system, driven by federal health IT investments and healthcare reforms. This content piece features information from a joint presentation at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas in February, where Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute, presented on the power of “disruptive innovation” to meet the challenges of transforming the U.S. health sector. Download this paper to read examples of how disruption health IT innovation is driving new care models across the globe.
March 29, 2012
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Software AG, a leading provider of Business Process Excellence (BPE) solutions, is helping build the “hospital of the future” for Nemours, an internationally-recognized children’s health system. The full-service Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Orlando will feature state-of-the-art systems for its clinical, facilities, maintenance and other supporting functions, all working together and unified via Software AG technology to create a “smart building” that ensures a comforting, customized experience for young patients and their families.
March 19, 2012
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Inside, industry experts examine how health analytics can drastically improve the current state of health care in the US. By integrating and analyzing the vast amounts of data available, the industry will be better equipped to identify at-risk patients, evaluate potential treatment plans, assess individual physicians’ performance and more.
March 1, 2012
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This paper examines why health care reform is causing a shift to a consumer-driven business model and the role analytics plays in helping organizations make the transformation successfully. Read this white paper to gain insight on how health insurance plans can come out ahead with advanced customer intelligence and engagement strategies.
March 1, 2012
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Hundreds of initiatives for care episodes are already underway in the U.S., relying on myriad combinations of provider types, legacy systems, and techniques. No single system on the market has the perfect solution across all areas. Bundling payments can reduce the cost of care by significantly reducing duplicative services, refocusing practice on collaboration across providers and rewarding quality outcomes. Learn more about automating major care process components by encompassing episode identification and definition as well as payment determination and timing.
June 10, 2011
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This past week I had the pleasure of traveling, along with MedTech Media Editorial Director Rich Pizzi, to Amelia Island, Fla. for the inaugural HIMSS Leaders & Innovators conference.
November 22, 2011
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When I began my career as a CIO in 1997, success was function of the basics - email delivery, network connectivity, and application functionality. In 2011, CIO success is much more complex to measure.
November 1, 2011
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Big ideas are often hampered by small budgets. In the world of healthcare, the drawing board is often littered with cast-away notes for projects that never saw the light of day due to lack of funding.
October 11, 2011
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Hospitals and health systems are more technically proficient than ever, as they should be. Yet with all these enabling technologies, many healthcare organizations are still plagued by inefficiencies, lackluster quality scores and uncontrolled costs. Why?
October 7, 2011
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Another year, another Health 2.0 under the belt. This being the fourth time attending it is interesting to see how this event and its participants have evolved.
October 6, 2011
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This post comes to you from the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The main conference kicks off today, but it has been preceded by a week of code-a-thons and a variety of other events, including HealthCamp and the four-track pre-conference.
September 28, 2011
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On Tuesday, Harry Reynolds, Jr., director of Industry Transformation at IBM Global Healthcare, presented attendees at the HIMSS Virtual Events Forum with his "Value of Care Coordination in ACOs" presentation. Here is a Twitter recap of the lecture.
September 13, 2011
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As a booming state in many aspects, it's no surprise that Texas is also a leading state in new hospital construction and renovation.
August 22, 2011
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It doesn’t matter anymore if you are a recent graduate, changing careers, trying to stabilize your current career or if you are even trying to advance in your current role, the use of acronyms is everywhere in healthcare because they (acronyms) have always been a mainstay in healthcare.
July 5, 2011
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An article headline caught my attention the other day, “A thriving medical industry is a boon for the building.” That statement rings true from my perspective.
June 13, 2011
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My trip to Scotland provided a remarkable opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.
June 1, 2011
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One third of U.S. hospitals preparing to undertake construction projects already on the drawing board admit ignorance and uncertainty according to a 2011 ASHE survey.
May 20, 2011
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