Today, healthcare organizations face many challenges but by prioritizing transformative healthcare insights they can mitigate these issues. These challenges, which include a lack of interoperability and data overload can be overcome when healthcare IT leaders prioritize data related to clinical variation, population health, and patient experiences and engagement.
“It’s critical for organizations to extract the right insights,” explained Heather Gittings, Principal Strategic Advisor, Global Public Sector and Healthcare, Qlik. “With the right healthcare insights, you unpack your KPIs, provide transparency into trends and from there, give your team what they need to make powerful discoveries and decisions.”
The first healthcare insight organizations should pay close attention to is clinical variation. Clinical variation involves overuse, underuse, and overall waste of healthcare practices. Because the U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, it’s critical for organizations to understand and monitor clinical variation; organizations who eliminate clinical variation allow for better resource management and allocation.
The second insight healthcare organizations should focus on is population health. Hospitals should look to continuously explore trends and use the insights they uncover to better understand patterns. According to a recent eBook, “layering publicly available data on top of clinical and claims data allows you to stratify risk, intervene with preventive care, close care gaps, and more.” With data compiled in a visual manner – that’s easy to access and explore – actionable insights are uncovered in real time and it’s easier to identify important patterns.
Finally, healthcare organizations should extract insights regarding patient experiences and engagement. “Today’s patients are more demanding than ever and must be included in every aspect of their treatment,” explained Gittings. “To be able to respond to today’s patients, you need accurate and timely data that ultimately improves patient attraction, engagement, and retention. With patients as healthcare organizations’ top priority, it’s a mistake to ignore their demands, voice, and buying power.”
However, in order to prioritize these three insights what’s needed is the right data management and analytics platform; Specifically, organizations need a platform that helps them significantly improve outcomes by eliminating clinical variation and optimizing operations.
It’s no surprise that today’s healthcare organizations are overwhelmed with challenges, amid a global pandemic. Luckily, more and more data is becoming available and this can work to their advantage. To mitigate these challenges, hospitals and other healthcare organizations can use their data and extract greater insight. In doing so, they can streamline their operations, meet KPIs, reduce costs and most importantly, improve patient care.
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