One of the most significant realizations within the healthcare industry, among physicians and health providers alike, is the value of big data in providing the best patient support services.
Access to valuable information, along with connectivity, is one of technology’s best aspects.
Technologies created specifically as a sort of virtual receptacle or repository for reliable medical and health information that can be dug up when needed, where physicians and health care providers can share objective insights, identify patterns in illnesses and diseases, the different treatment employed and the effectiveness or lack thereof of such practices, is taking up what once were traditional ways in record-keeping.
Benefits of using healthcare analytics
Healthcare Analytics has more advantages than just simple record-keeping and information. It also pushes for accountability among health practitioners that will help protect the society as a whole and preserve the trust that the public has for doctors and hospitals.
Yakima Valley Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivarez cites an instance wherein a physician insisted on taking good care of diabetic patients only to find out later through data that the patient has missed two years of scheduled foot examination which was part of standard protocol for diabetic care.
It is in the seemingly small details such as this that diagnoses and recommendations largely miss out on.
Whether or not we acknowledge it, medical treatment and hospitalizations involve money. Records reflect that use of Healthcare Analytics systems has reduced cases of preventable readmissions in many hospitals because patients have been given proper medical treatment on their first admissions, therefore lowering costs and increasing value and quality of service.
With healthcare analytics, doctors and physicians are given a way to review and regulate their own performances. Physician technologist Joseph Kim explains that many physicians do not take constructive criticisms very well, making it difficult for hospital administrators to inform or confront them.
Making data analytics available can help these physicians go through the outcome of their performances and improve on their own. It generates performance cards that allow them to identify their weak points without the risk of offending them.
But health analytics isn’t just for the assessment of patients and physicians, it also addresses areas of improvement for the hospital and clinic administration as well.
Do your doctors need more clinical-decision support tools to assist them in their roles? Who are the physicians ignoring the standard risk-assessment protocols? These data will be on hand and can help improve a medical facility and the quality of services they give patients that rely on them for their health.
The case of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
The impression that people have about the low quality of service you get from community medical facilities never sat well with Carlos Olivarez. He was determined to elevate patient care at their clinic and knew that data was key to achieving this.
Olivarez points out, “We were restricted to looking at what the EMR reporting infrastructure looks like.” He continues, “what it didn’t do was provide the analysis behind that information.”
The information he was referring to will allow them to make more accurate prognoses that will enable them to create “actionable work.”
The solution came in the form of a third-party health analytics system called LaunchPad. This enabled Yakima to gather data from health organizations and community centers within their network known as Community Health Best Practices.
LaunchPad made it possible for community health facilities to collaborate and help each other provide their patients the best medical assistance.
Is the healthcare industry ready for the change?
The healthcare industry is ripe for a change and health analytics is the change it needs.
Those who have not yet seen its value will eventually catch on, after all, everyone in the medical field is one about providing their patients quality treatment they deserve.