1. Understand what kind of data you have, and where it’s stored.
One of the biggest challenges for hospitals, Richmond said, is recognizing what data is available and retrieving it from where it’s stored. “Hospitals are largely unaware of how data can be deployed to help them improve the value of what they’re delivering and the care they’re giving, and how it can help them grow,” he said.
“What we find almost universally is hospitals discover all the nooks and crannies in their institutions where they have valuable data assets.”
These assets could be in the form of labor data bases containing employee information, patient level transactions or other encounter data, or even time-stamped data telling how patients are moving through the OR or ED. “It’s about identifying where these assets are and [combining] them,” Richmond said. “That’s why we call it ‘connecting the dots,’ to give them views not just within these data streams, but also across them in a combinatorial way.”
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