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Data-Driven Healthcare: How Analytics and BI are Transforming the Industry by Laura B. Madsen

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CHAPTER 3 How the Lack of Data Standardization Impedes Data-Driven Healthcare

Managing disparate data is what we do as data warehouse professi­onals. Integrating data together to get a full picture of entities like patients, physicians, procedures, financials, and facilities (and so on) is the bread and butter of data warehousing, and it's the heart of what makes data warehouses so useful.

For many years, really until 2009, a data warehouse in a healthcare organization was not the norm. Many of the big guys did it, including UnitedHealth Group, UPMC, and Mayo, but for the rest of the payers and providers out there, the return on investment wasn't certain enough to risk the investment. I don't think most healthcare organizations came to data warehousing subsequent to 2009 knowingly. They were too focused on meeting meaningful-use criteria. Then stage-two requirements came along, and it became obvious that maintaining a population so that you can compare their outcomes over time was not the sweet spot of most transactional-based electronic health records (EHRs). Enter the data warehouse.

This accelerated adoption spawned innovation and creative methods of addressing the long-standing and challenging issues in healthcare from outside the industry. Yet we still struggle with basic activities and using data warehouse best practices for healthcare. First and foremost, in order to become a data-driven healthcare organization (DDHO), we need data. But not just any data, and the data ...

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