Scorecards and Measures in Healthcare: Do They Improve Outcomes?

Posted by Christian Franklin

12/11/13 10:00 AM

This blog begins a series on how to utilize Business Intelligence (BI) and Scorecards to improve and impact healthcare outcomes.  This will not be an overly technical discussion but instead a business case and data driven conversation.  I will discuss the following areas:

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Topics: Healthcare, Business Intelligence

Interoperability of Healthcare Solutions

Posted by Christian Franklin

10/4/12 9:18 AM

Interoperability of healthcare solutions, or healthcare information exchange, regardless of whether it is ambulatory or enterprise focused, is one of the biggest challenges in the effort to drive patient-centric delivery of data at the point-of-care.  The essential element required for achieving this paradigm shift is to switch from reactive to proactive data. From what we read in today’s interface and exchange culture this seems like a simple concept; Health Information Exchanges, ACO's, Patient Centered Medical Home, Meaningful Use are all at the center as a catalyst for patient-centered care models.

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Topics: Information Integration, Healthcare

HL7 Integration (CCD) Engines - The Next Interoperability Bridge!

Posted by Christian Franklin

6/12/12 10:15 AM

HL7 integration engines will be the next interoperability bridge in Healthcare. It will bring together the coordination of provider EMR’s, practice management systems, and health information exchanges (HIE)’s. There are numerous “brute force” mapping options for the health level seven (HL7) standards in Healthcare.

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Topics: Information Integration, Healthcare

IBM PureSystems in Healthcare

Posted by Christian Franklin

5/24/12 8:04 AM

IBM's recently announced PureSystems, a converged infrastructure for data centers holds some promise for healthcare providers if the capabilities live up to their billing.  Let's face it, most healthcare providers have a number of systems from various providers that typically represent silos of infrastructure and information.  The trouble facing Healthcare IT organizations is that the complexity this creates is a costly environment to manage.

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Topics: Healthcare

Vendor Neutral Archive and the Electronic Health Record

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/29/12 3:15 AM

As follow-up to a recent blog post around Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) and Analytics, I think it's worth pointing out that the intent of VNA is to provide an archive that is standards based and can operate independent of any given Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) provider. The objective is to store all of the data in non-proprietary interchange formats along with context management to facilitate a seamless transfer between different PACS.

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Topics: Information Management, Healthcare

Open Data as part of your Healthcare Analytics Strategy

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/27/12 7:53 PM

If you have had any interaction with the consultants at TamGroup, you probably noticed that we have a passion for data, and more specifically: how to harness data and package it as a service to make it more readily consumable as information, which can be incorporated into process and work streams.

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Topics: Analytics, Healthcare

Healthcare VNA and Analytics

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/25/12 11:59 AM

Healthcare VNA, or vendor neutral archive is getting a lot of attention lately - for many of the right reasons however too much of the dialog is concentrated around liberating the data from proprietary PACS. Instead, the discussion should be expanded to incorporate data and leverage analytics in a way that improves efficiency and care while reducing the cost of care and empowering the patient.

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Topics: Analytics, Healthcare

A Formula for Successful Data Integration in Healthcare

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/14/12 9:21 AM

A formula for successful data integration in Healthcare looks like this:

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Topics: Analytics, Data Warehouse, Healthcare

HIMSS 2012: The Real Question - Clinical or IT?

Posted by Christian Franklin

3/8/12 12:18 PM

In returning from the HIMSS 2012 Conference in Las Vegas - the premiere healthcare IT conference, I left with tired feet, over-stimulated sensory organs, and a feeling of overload. As a solutions integrator and a passionate client advocate, I am more than intrigued on the size and scope of the many exhibitors’ offerings and solutions. The messages being sent by the vendors tended to address operational, procedural, and efficiency gaps mainly from an IT focus. As a solutions provider, I understand the need for technology to address the gaps by healthcare organizations, however, I think the true questions and answers need to be addressed from the clinical side. The what, where, and how need to be asked from a clinical standpoint, and in that order. What are the true clinical issues that can be addressed by IT solutions, where is the right integration point for the solutions, and how do these solutions improve overall patient care? Moving the needle to improve patient care and improve care gaps is the ultimate goal of the healthcare system. Yes, revenue and efficiency are vital to success, however, it can’t be just a CFO and CIO targeted proposal. The CMOs and Clinical Directors need to be at the table to ensure the long-term viability of the integration, analytics, and data will provide the answer to improving clinical outcomes. Transformational solutions include predictive analytics, Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA), data warehousing, business intelligence, and HIE to EMR bi-directional integration. Clinical solutions should be the driving force in the long-term planning of a healthcare organization’s roadmap when deploying IT solutions, not the traditional IT first or better said; avoid the tail-wagging-the-dog approach!

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Topics: Healthcare

Healthcare Transformation

Posted by Christian Franklin

1/10/12 11:14 AM

The volume and demands of Integration and interfaces around HL7, CCD’s, EMR’s, and HIE’s are staggering! Cloud computing and big data are being actively discussed across many industries today and most certainly, the concept of cloud computing, big data tools such as Hadoop have made their way into the field of healthcare. However transformation in healthcare is more than technology alone, it encapsulates a need for change in the culture of healthcare itself. The ability to leverage cloud computing, big data technology in general as change agents for healthcare transformation is what really matters.

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Topics: Analytics, Healthcare