Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Healthstory - Providing Data to Healthcare Business Analytics

A recent posting by Laura Madsen on the b-eye-network site titled "The Impact of the Obama Healthcare Agenda on Business Intelligence" reviews the stimulus package and its potential effect on Healthcare Business intelligence and Analytics. As she points out the package has said they intend to invest in
“invest in proven strategies to reduce preventable medical errors.” First and foremost is wider adoption of electronic medical records (EMR)
There is little doubt that EMR's can contribute to improving medical errors but as Laura rightly points out this impact is limited as
the disadvantage is that much of the data is textual and therefore more difficult to analyze
And promoting the advantages of the data base centric solution that demands specific answers and fills in fields does produce "quantifiable data for analysis" but is very limiting to the physician, but more importantly is turning our most highly paid. knowledgeable expert, the clinician into a data entry clerk - as I have said before and was quoted here you don't find the CEO of Merrill Lynch entering stock data....!

So how do we satisfy this need while not limiting clinicians to the small boxes and multiple choice hunt and peck nightmare yet still satisfy the need for structured data to provide some of the value for applying business analytics to this burgeoning pile of data.

The answer is already here with the Healthstory Project that provides the perfect container to capture and hold the full story of the clinicians patient interaction. Satisfying the needs of the clinicians to capture the fine detail of the interaction but also fulfilling the data requirements for EMR's and Business Analytic systems. Healthstory has already created and published four technical guidelines for the
  • Consultation Note
  • History and Physical
  • Operative Note
  • Diagnostic Imaging Reports
and unlocks the valuable data from narrative documents enrich the flow of data into the electronic health record and creating interoperable clinical document repositories. The coalition is growing and you should expect to see these specifications becoming part of any requirements for clinical systems and documentation providers to be able to comply and both receive and send Clinical Document Architecture for Common Document Types (CDA4CDT) documents. Time to get on board.

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