Three phases were identified as potential steps to improve the efficiency and lower the costs of healthcare. Another goal is to increase clinician and patient satisfaction. The first two phases, which had little effect, were data collection and data sharing. While there are strides made in these components, there has not been a dramatic difference in the quality or cost of healthcare.
The third and current phase is data analytics. Identifying factors, groups, and conditions that can lead to the need for future care, and analyzing preventative measures is the concept behind the strategy of developing a universal way to get the most benefit from health analytics. Healthcare veterans across the industry have recommended an adoption model to build fundamental components that can support the model as it changes and progresses.
The First Step
Implementing the adoption model will be the first step toward a sustainable analytics strategy. The model itself has eight levels that begins with fragmented solutions that result in the inefficient data integration with which facilities and organizations are currently dealing. This is noted as “Level 0” in the eight levels. Other beginning levels include enterprise data warehousing, standardized vocabulary and registries, and automated internal and external reporting.
Higher levels introduce different purposes for analytics. They include suggestive analytics, predictive analytics, and analytics for personalized medicine and prescriptions. Each level has a number of steps and ideas of how to make the concept work in various facilities. The main issues will be how to manage the levels, so they can accommodate small clinics, large hospitals, rehabilitation centers of all types, and long-term care facilities.
The Intended Result
When implemented fully, the model is expected to provide a framework for service and vendor products evaluation, as well as a standard map for healthcare organizations to measure their own progress. This will help indicate where priorities need to be focused and what systematic changes must be addressed. There are detailed white papers, case studies, and instructions for facilities on the website. Administrators, practitioners, and department managers will want to review this information and determine appropriate actions to take. Information regarding the previous two phases is also still available.