Health organizations across the United States have jumped onto the population health management bandwagon striving to provide efficient care management services while lowering plan members’ health risks and costs. The desire to identify members with modifiable risks — while aligning care management services to fit the population’s needs — is pushing healthcare organizations toward advanced data management platforms, migrating to data-supported care management programs. Deerwalk’s integrated[...]
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My last post addressed a general overview of the entire healthcare analytics continuum - from foundational data integrity to true prescriptive analytics. At the end of that post I promised to dive into each layer with a bit more detail. So today's post will deal with the most important layer in the continuum - foundational data integrity. After all, without high quality, fully integrated and enriched healthcare data, any analytics exercise will be flawed at best.
Recent polls by GE and Accenture show that big data analytics is a priority for almost 90% of organizations within healthcare. Data is an essential tool for market participants that want to increase share while improving the quality of customer deliverables. And, in the not too distant future, healthcare providers and stakeholders that implement an analytics strategy will excel in clinical quality and prevention of operational bottlenecks.
If I were going to design the worst possible health care analytics department in a health plan, TPA, or benefits consultancy, this is what I would do. First, I would go out and buy all the hardware and software licenses I needed, not to mention the database administrators and IT personnel necessary to support it. Why use the cloud? That's just a trend, right? And what about data security? The cloud can’t be nearly as secure as my data warehouse, right?