Innovation in Analytics is Critical to Managing Wellness and Health of Populations

analyticsHealthcare is undergoing a transformation. Motivated by unprecedented economic, regulatory, and technological changes the industry is being driven to create new clinical and operating models that effectively balance patient, provider, commercial insurance, and federal and state government interests.  One that is capable of keeping people well and healing them without harm at a reduced cost.

Over the years healthcare delivery systems across the US have been built in silos across a fragmented continuum of care and with information architectures that are slow, costly and complex. Recently some healthcare systems have invested heavily in big bang ERP’s which do indeed create value, yet the core business intelligence capability is still a bit of a bolt on that lives in a world where data from disparate systems with different data structures has to be extracted, transformed and then loaded into a data warehouse. These increasing large data warehouses are costly and very slow to respond to the requests for information and insight needed to mange through a time of monumental change.

Successful re-imagination, design, and delivery of this new model demands changes in mindset and competency. The journey requires thoughtful alignment of incentives and inspired healthcare delivery design in conjunction with the adoption of technologies that enable the wellness and health of populations over time.  This is a new game with rules yet to be written. Experiential learning supported by measurement of progress is essential.

The move to an outcomes-based model of reimbursement sets requirements for end-to-end information management across a highly reliable healthcare continuum. As such four critical capabilities are critical to success: (1) data integration; (2) delivery of actionable intelligence; (3) optimized action planning; and (4) orchestration of execution.

Innovation is called for to create new ways to expose, connect, and leverage assets to drive business advantage. The foundation of population health management is agile, low cost, and fast time-to-market delivery of distributed processing “networks” built leveraging its core capabilities, including the ability to:

  • Select, extract, and forward targeted data from diverse and distributed source systems;
  • “Wrap” and “Call” legacy functionality or external services to re-use existing IP
  • Distribute workloads across existing infrastructure and create parallel processing structures;
  • Execute real-time processing to develop and deliver actionable intelligence; and
  • Perform advanced analytics, visualize results, and perform dynamic “what-if” assessments

Any company that can support these requirements is uniquely positioned for success. I will be back to you with more on this topic. In the meantime, one extremely promising company is Pneuron.

I will be back to you with more on this topic.