The highest quality data does no one any good if the information is locked up in silos, unable to be shared.
Now the tools of health care are changing in a way that will allow data to be accessed and analyzed.
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE) represent two of the top technologies bringing more connectivity to health care data.
Electronic Medical Records
Newer EMR systems offer improved analytics capabilities. They not only capture patient data but also support care-related transactions and the use of the evidence-based protocols.
“Where the first generation EMR was often just an electronic repository for dictation, the second-generation and third-generation are becoming far more mineable,” says Jeff James, chief executive officer at Wilmington Health.
“They are allowing us to really understand the different facets of our patient populations.”
Health Care Information Exchanges
An HIE can connect data from multiple, disparate electronic health record systems and allow for real-time data sharing.
It enables the distribution of all types of information — from laboratory results to prescriptions, hospital discharge summaries and more — to all within the exchange. That allows physicians, payers, hospitals and care managers to engage with each other to manage care and costs.
James is excited about the possibilities.
“We’re going to be able to bring in other facets of health care and other facets of data in ways that have never been done before,” he says.
“Because of that, it’s going to assist systems like ours and other high-performing organizations in dramatically changing the face of health care in this country. And it’s going happen fast.”
James answers five questions in five minutes in the latest #5in5 video from Optum Provider. Click here to hear his insights on the greatest power of analytics. Plus he explains how Wilmington Health uses analytics and what factors providers should consider when selecting an analytics platform.
About the Author:
Leslie Cozatt currently serves as Director of Marketing, Optum Provider, – Thought Leadership and Content Strategy. She directs the development of content that spotlights the role of data analytics in health care – — specifically the transition to value-based care, risk management and population health management. She brings to her role more than 20 years of experience developing B2B and B2C campaigns for companies including ThreeWire and ShopNBC. Leslie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in iInternational Bbusiness & and cCommunication.