Matching the practices of business intelligence (BI) to health care institutions is a process that has been steadily if unevenly taking place over the last two decades. Like any other industry, health care adheres to the topics and buzzwords that touch any BI undertaking which include data warehousing, data quality, data integration, metadata management, governance and analytics.
Unlike other industries, the clinical side of health care is based on interpretations of care practices that change over time. And while health care institutions compete for customers, there is no one set of product or service standards as would come with a new refrigerator because the patient is in fact the product shared among many providers.
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