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Six ways to make healthcare smarter

Informix Marketing Manager, IBM

Whether a physician making a diagnosis or a director delivering a report, healthcare providers rely on high-quality data to drive efficient processes and desired patient outcomes. However, as the volume of available health data increases, providers struggle to gather data and transform it into meaningful insights and actions. Keep reading to learn about six ways that data management solutions can drive smart healthcare practices.

  • Effective process management
    As patient data volume increases, existing inefficiencies within a healthcare organization can begin to put an unmanageable strain on personnel and resources. By using data management tools to track patient progress and deliver insights into existing processes, healthcare providers can identify the sources of inefficiencies and work to resolve them. Similarly, when solutions are introduced, providers can refer to new insights to see how each change affects workflows and patient outcomes.
     
  • Comprehensive patient histories
    A single patient’s health history can consist of visits to multiple specialized healthcare providers. Though having access to a patient’s complete file is an integral part of delivering optimum care, pulling together records from multiple EMR systems can be challenging and time-consuming. Using IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management, providers can transform data from disparate sources into a 360° view of a patient. Equipped with ready access to trustworthy, comprehensive information, physicians can deliver treatment that contributes to enhanced patient outcomes.
     
  • Enhanced patient access
    http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/sites/default/files/6wayshealthcare_embed.jpgHealth data is vital for providers, but it is also a valuable tool for patients who want to be proactive in managing their own health. Though healthcare providers handle massive amounts of available health data, they can convert such data into a format appropriate for a patient portal, empowering patient decision-making. Indeed, giving patients intuitive access to appointments, results, doctor’s notes and general health information can help them become increasingly invested in their own overall wellness.
     
  • Real-time monitoring
    Advanced monitoring equipment can generate multiple data points per second, but such data isn’t always useful until it has been analyzed. In medical situations, during which every minute counts, stopping everything to wait for data analysis to finish can significantly degrade the quality of patient outcomes. Using real-time data analysis offered by solutions such as IBM InfoSphere Streams, physicians can receive ready access to the insights they need to help them make life-saving decisions.
     
  • Accurate reporting
    Healthcare providers must often deliver reports detailing patient outcomes, completed services, readmissions and other such information to outside entities, including insurance companies. Even though inaccurate reporting can incur financial loss, many providers still struggle to organize and analyze the massive volumes of structured and unstructured data on which such reports rely. Providers who use a data management solution can aggregate, organize and analyze this data, meeting their reporting requirements while also drawing their own valuable insights from the data.
     
  • Pinpoint responsiveness
    When demands on healthcare professionals intensify, physicians and nurses struggle to consistently deliver timely follow-up calls to patients. However, healthcare providers can use text analytics to identify abnormal results and then to automatically inform doctors and nurses which patients need follow-up contact.

Learn more about how advanced data management solutions can enhance your organization’s healthcare processes and outcomes.

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