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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The challenge for the Carolinas Healthcare System was to reduce the readmission rate for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The solution: predictive analytics.
September 15, 2014
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Optum Labs, which was launched by UnitedHealth and the Mayo Clinic to mine deidentified patient data for innovative healthcare research, has four new members.
September 10, 2014
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In their latest collaboration, Mayo Clinic will enlist IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology to help match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials.
September 8, 2014
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A Mississippi health system and three hospitals in Texas, Indiana and Alabama are illustrating how hospitals can thrive, even in a tough economic environment. One hospital increased its revenue by $8.2 million after improving clinical documentation. Another changed the way it collected for services and boosted revenue by $6.1 million.
August 27, 2014
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The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has raised public awareness about the risks of healthcare associated infections, as U.S. healthcare workers in Africa acquired Ebola while working in a healthcare setting. Here in the U.S., data mining technology is a valuable weapon for combating HAIs.
August 25, 2014
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Premier Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement to acquire Salt Lake City-based TheraDoc, a Hospira subsidiary that develops clinical surveillance technology, for $117 million in cash.
August 5, 2014
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Healthcare technology is hot stuff, with startups and investors from Silicon Valley to the Charles River chasing after the next paradigm-shifting blockbuster innovation. Each passing quarter sees an ever-increasing tally of eager rounds of funding. But what will be the lasting impact of some of these products?
August 5, 2014
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Business intelligence has been a popular catchphrase across healthcare in recent years, often touted as a quick cure for inefficient business or clinical processes. BI is not a panacea, but when approached in a smart and targeted way it can translate raw data into actionable knowledge and help cut hospital costs.
August 5, 2014
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As it works to get a more valuable, holistic view of its clinical and financial data, Bon Secours Health System is rolling out a cloud-based data warehouse and business intelligence platform from Premier Inc.
August 1, 2014
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Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will step down next summer.
July 29, 2014
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The joys of unintended consequences never end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required hospitals to get paid based on how much they improved their patients' health rather than on how many tests and procedures were completed. The intent was to improve patient care.
July 24, 2014
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Venture capital funding for health information technology surpassed $1 billion for the first time in Q2 2014 -- far surpassed, in fact, with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, more than doubling the $861 million raised in the previous quarter.
July 16, 2014
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Revenue cycle management, the lifeblood of financial performance, requires an unwavering commitment to excellence: excellence aided by superior technology and continuous process improvement. An in-depth analysis of top-performing revenue cycle organizations reveals a repeatable success framework, one driven by a commitment to efficiency, automation, data and analytics, and the deployment of a technology platform with unmatched revenue cycle capability.
October 24, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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Based on interviews from physicians, academic institutions, hospitals and health systems, this paper details five strategic imperatives for anyone in the health care industry who wants their organization to face the future from a position of strength.
July 2, 2012
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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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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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Health facilities consume about two and one-half times the power of a standard commercial facility.
May 13, 2011
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As a CIO, I gather information about new products and innovation in many ways. I search the web for emerging technologies, read numerous publications/newsletters, and constantly meet with vendors and IT professionals who are creating novel applications. However, it's not the most efficient way to rapidly assess whether products are operational or exist only in Powerpoint.
May 10, 2011
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