Clinical Analytics is when a healthcare organization utilizes stored and managed data in order to provide data-driven decisions. This may be decisions within a specific clinical setting or to produce information as to the organization’s bottom line or inner workings. The common factor is putting the data that has been collected to work instead of just generating reports with facts and figures.
With the introduction of electronic medical records (EMR), and other data warehousing options, the healthcare industry has gained, organized and recorded a huge amount of essential statistics. Storing this data is one thing, but finding actionable information is other story altogether.
Part of what clinical analytics can provide is a picture how past events can have many similarities with current patients, thus yielding information to better treat ailments. Also, tell-tell signs of future issues can be identified sooner and make it possible to avoid negative outcomes due to preventative measures.
Clinical analytics are important for healthcare organizations to have right now. Some aspects of analytics may already be implemented within certain systems, however, having fully integrated software that works with all types of information being received and has the ability to produce meaningful and useful reports is much more effective. Unfortunately, not all clinical analytic software on the market offers the ability to prioritize and increase the value from within.
As in any industry, technology and advancements are coming fast and furious. Healthcare had been one of the last businesses to seek out and utilize many of the data collection, storage, management and analysis systems to improve care and function. However, they have all but made up for the lateness to the party by taking very seriously the produced outputs to change the way we receive care and moderate costs.
Think of how far EMR and data analytics has come in just 5 years. How much further will it go in the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Clinical analytics are not on a downward trend, but the use and usability are just beginning to be understood. As more data is collected, and we know this will happen because we all see our doctors or visit hospitals, more information will be gleaned and better analytics will reveal more insights.
The healthcare industry and its professionals have a great tool in their arsenal to help provide better treatment at a lower cost for everyone involved. This is the pathway that is being focused upon to help patient and expert alike. Clinical analytics are not a flash in the pan, but a true answer to many questions that we haven’t even begun to ask.