For a variety of reasons, healthcare has traditionally lagged behind other sectors in adoption of business intelligence (BI) tools. Other vertical markets, such as banking and manufacturing, have been taking advantage of BI for 20 years.
And the progress health organizations have made has largely been on the financial side of the house. The complexity of medicine and the lack of common standards, practices and clinical vocabularies across similar service lines make getting clean clinical data very difficult.
“Many healthcare organizations are having trouble finding the time and resources to implement electronic health records (EHRs), much less do more sophisticated analyses on the data that comes out of them,” says Mary Sirois, principal in the clinical transformation practice of healthcare consulting firm Divurgent. “You would be missing a lot of clinical decision support potential, if the providers aren’t entering orders electronically.”
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