By Natalie Dion, Director, Enterprise Data Management, Texas Health Resources, Member, HIMSS Clinical Business Intelligence Data and Analytics Task Force
Source: HIMSS Clinical & Business Datga and Analytics Task Force
October 31, 2013
Health care reform is driving the need to manage the health of populations of patients across the care continuum to improve clinical outcomes and quality, reduce medical costs, increase revenues for services, and improve patient satisfaction. New payment models require new care processes and demand innovative reporting requirements.
Texas Health Resources (THR) is a large, integrated healthcare system that has grown and diversified through acquisitions. The THR system includes 14 wholly owned hospitals, hundreds of physician practices, and various joint venture hospitals and specialty clinics. As a result, THR has multiple EMRs, several patient management systems and various other operational and financial systems. To achieve the health care reform objectives, THR recognized the need to integrate data across these disparate systems into a centralized data warehouse to provide longitudinal patient analytics.
This article outlines the steps THR followed in creating its Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Roadmap. A successful C&BI roadmap consists of people, process and technology that enable enterprise analytics and are ultimately driven by an organization’s strategic plan. A roadmap sets the direction for a C&BI strategy and can be adjusted based on the current realities.