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Why Healthcare Organizations Should Embrace Modern Data Platforms

Why healthcare organizations should choose a modern data platform

Recently, a healthcare organization reached out to me to discuss how they could modernize their approach to data and best manage their data needs across the organization. Turning to a modern data platform that can systematically extract data from varied sources could help this organization break down silos and open up information across all departments, from supply chain to clinic. All areas of a healthcare organization can benefit from an improved, agile, and well-governed data platform from which data can be shared easily and securely.

One of the main drivers of this change is the shift in health care from a fee-for-service model to value-based care. The insights and actions derived from the data help clinicians understand whether their treatments are improving a patient’s health and providing a continuum of care rather than discrete, one-off services.

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Another driver of change is the industry-wide initiative to achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Quadruple Aim, including improving clinician well-being. Data and analytics are meant to support and enhance clinicians’ experiences, not hinder them.

So when should a healthcare organization transition to a modern data platform? Both internal and external feedback can help guide the decision.

Internally, departments can already express dissatisfaction with their current data and analytics capabilities. Perhaps the emergency department is unable to make faster decisions because it lacks real-time information on bed capacity.

Externally, an organization can seek input from third-party technology experts and consultants to assess its current ecosystem and make recommendations based on what the organization hopes to achieve.

What’s next for data platform modernization in healthcare?

Health systems do not have to reinvent the wheel; they can learn from the experiences of other suppliers, other industries or expert partners. Progress has been made over the past few years that lays out a blueprint for modernizing a data platform and how to leverage the cloud most efficiently.

If a healthcare organization is ready to move to a modern data platform, it should first assess its status on cloud adoption. It can be difficult for a healthcare organization to embark on modernizing its data platform unless the leadership decides that the data platform will be the driver to get more out of the cloud.

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If an organization has already taken steps to leverage cloud capabilities for its electronic health record (EHR) system or financial data, it is in a better position to adopt a modern data platform. Starting from scratch will delay adoption, especially since security, privacy, and compliance teams need time to plan for business continuity and staff training.

Healthcare organizations also need to consider their EHR data capabilities and how that might impact the look of their future data platform. Will they leverage what the EHR vendor provides or create a new platform? Instead, they can leverage what their EHR vendor has and seek to increase with other technologies. This is the current best practice, regardless of DSE capabilities: leverage what the DSE vendor provides and move to comprehensive modernization.

A healthcare organization whose data is collected, organized and understood in a modern data platform can help build a better future. It’s not just nice to have anymore; it’s critical to the long-term success of any healthcare organization.

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