STEPS to Value Podcast

Episode #26: Clinical Analytics & The Power of Perspective


Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.  When those words from the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” were first published in 1798, the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge described a story of a sailor who had returned from a long sea voyage, what was gained and what was lost on the journey. 

If Coleridge was writing today, the line would have probably read, “Data, data everywhere, but is it enough to think?”  A fully digitized hospital could have up to tens of distinct software systems providing data populated into an Electronic Medical record.  Admissions, Anesthesia.  Home care, Intensive care.  Order entry, Outpatient pharmacy. And those are just the internal sources.  Don’t forget about the data coming in from other providers, drug registries, and the like.  But are all these data sources providing clinician’s real-time intelligence that can help them support patient populations or real-time headaches that drive clinicians towards fatigue and burnout.  Are we awash in a sea of data without a lifeboat of wisdom?  

Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model.  In this episode, we will explore the promise and reality of clinical intelligence with HIMSS North America Board member Ruben Amarasingham, President & CEO of PCCI, non-profit clinical research and development corporation that specializes in real-time predictive and surveillance analytics for healthcare.  We’ll also hear from James Deren, Director of IT Planning at CareTech Solutions about predictions he will be sharing with the HIMSS innovation community on healthcare trends that will best engage multiple generations of consumers.

This Episode’s Guests:

Ruben Amarasingham, MD
Founder & CEO
Pieces Tech
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Follow Ruben on Twitter: @RAmarasingham

Learn more about PCCI


James Deren, CPHIMSS, PMP
Director of IT Planning
CareTech Solutions
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Learn more about CareTech Solutions
Learn more about James's health IT trends presentation for the HIMSS Innovation Community


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This Episode’s STEPS Categories:

Value Suite - Patient Engagement

This Episode’s Audience Ask:

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