Laboratory information systems (LIS) and electronic medical records (EMR) are now generating a vast wealth of data for laboratory managers, physicians, and healthcare administrators – possibly too much data. Recently, HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) began publishing white papers describing how hospitals and health networks have been utilizing clinical and business intelligence (BI) programs in order to provide value-based care.
HIMSS Analytics has also partnered with the International Institute for Analytics to create a model to help more healthcare providers use BI to add value. In an April 22, 2013 article in Healthcare IT News, James Gaston, Senior Director of Clinical & Business Intelligence at HIMSS Analytics, says, “The model helps organizations transition from the acquisition of clinical and business intelligence tools to the implementation and use of those tools in an effective way.”
Part of the motivation for the project is the realization that it’s not enough to just acquire healthcare data. Physicians, laboratory directors, and hospital administrators need to use that data in a meaningful way to make practical decisions leading to better patient care. Part of that is dubbed clinical decision support (CDS), which can be defined as any process that puts usable clinical data at the physician’s fingertips.
A business intelligence tool that can assist laboratories in providing usable, practical data is Viewics. Viewics provides real-time data mining and dashboards to access and analyze client/physician performance, cost per test analysis, supply cost analyses, turnaround times, workload details, and much more. In addition, with the growing presence of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), the need for specific healthcare analytics data is more vital than ever.
It’s far more important to utilize data effectively than to just accumulate data. BI tools like Viewics organize healthcare data and assist in its analysis, which can help laboratories not only operate more efficiently and be more cost effective, but can provide healthcare trend information that can be used to improve patient care overall.