Enterprise data warehousing, the process of integrating data from many sources into a single, centralized database repository for quick access by knowledge workers, has provided business and patient care benefits of breakthrough value in the health care industry, proving its power to help resolve the national health care crisis. This was one of many dramatic findings in a new white paper just released by Winter Corporation, an independent consulting firm. The paper was sponsored by Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, the global leader in enterprise data warehousing and an emerging presence in the health care and pharmaceutical intelligence industries.

"With a health care data warehouse, it is possible to have a comprehensive, integrated health record for each individual, including data on history, symptoms, tests, diagnoses, treatments, medications and outcomes," the report states. "And with a health care data warehouse, it is also practical to view and analyze data from multiple perspectives: by health care provider; by disease; by medical practice; by insurance practices; by utilization; by cost; and by other factors."

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