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It is obvious that the health care industry is in desperate need of ways to optimize delivery of services within strict cost structures and acceptable quality of care levels. Analytics can help provide insights on how to meet these goals.

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Mark, your comments pinpoint some of the real opportunities for the industry to move beyond the talk and into a real transformation phase. We don't need to start with projects of major proportion, but it is within each organization's control to move forward with the data they have available today, and analytics to provide real insight. It is from within each organization where we find true advocates and leaders, to chose the priority projects that provide real return, without taking years to deploy. One of the toughest challenges that face healthcare providers is managing the overwhelming amount data that is coming from hundreds of disparate sources such as hospitals, physician practices and healthcare insurance plans, all of which is challenging effective patient care and raising medical costs.Analytics is an iterative process, and it grows with each new query, and with each new 'ah ha' moment.

Now more than ever, healthcare organizations need the insights provided through analytics to identify ways to optimize service delivery without sacrificing quality. Analytics helps healthcare organizations use information in a more predictive and preventive way, to proactively help keep people healthy, optimize operations, and differentiate services within their communities. It didn't start with reform, but with the interest and passion for new approaches looking at the same old data in very new ways.

Susan D. Noack, Worldwide Health Care Executive, Business Analytics, IBM.

Posted by Susan N | Wednesday, May 05 2010 at 2:46PM ET
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