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Healthcare Analytics

Dealing with Dirty Data
By: Ron Stephenson on Sep 2, 2016

The use of analytics in healthcare is on the rise with the emergence of big data, but it requires accurate and complete..

Healthcare Analytics

Hadoop for the Healthcare Industry
By: Ron Stephenson on Aug 30, 2016

There are some unusual terms used in the healthcare industry, but “Hadoop” may be near the top. As a big data..

Healthcare Analytics

Five Examples of Innovative Healthcare Technology at Work
By: Ron Stephenson on Aug 29, 2016

Healthcare providers across the United States implement and utilize many different kinds of technology to optimize..

Healthcare Analytics

RTLS Technology: Real-time Benefits for Healthcare
By: Ron Stephenson on Aug 25, 2016

According to a KLAS report titled “Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) 2016: Who Can Deliver Value Beyond the Basics,”..

Healthcare Analytics

Three Reasons Healthcare is So Expensive in the United States
By: Ron Stephenson on Jul 28, 2016

There is no way around it: healthcare in the United States is expensive. The U.S. is ranked #1 in terms of total health..

Healthcare Analytics

Understanding Unstructured Data (Part Two)
By: Ron Stephenson on Jul 13, 2016

In a previous blog, I wrote about unstructured data in the healthcare industry and EHR systems. Unstructured data can..

Healthcare Analytics

Understanding Unstructured Data (Part One)
By: Ron Stephenson on Jul 12, 2016

According to analysts from Merrill Lynch, Gartner and IBM, unstructured data accounts for approximately 80 percent of..

Healthcare Analytics

Utilizing Technology to Achieve Improved Quality of Care
By: Ron Stephenson on Jul 7, 2016

Healthcare providers across the country are continually focused on quality improvement. The U.S. Health Resources and..

Healthcare Analytics

Cybersecurity in Healthcare
By: Ron Stephenson on Jul 6, 2016

The use of technology in healthcare has produced many benefits, but it also presents some risks. One of the biggest..

Healthcare Analytics

How Healthcare Analytics Can Boost Operating Room Efficiency
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 30, 2016

Consider the following statistics from Becker's ASC Review:

  • The total operating expenses per operating room (OR) is..

Healthcare Analytics

The U.S. Healthcare Industry: By the Numbers
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 28, 2016

Numbers are a part of our everyday life. Whether we are working on a business budget or trying to remember one of our..

EMR Reporting

Top Three Benefits of Cloud-based EHRs
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 27, 2016

It’s no secret in healthcare technology that the utilization of cloud-based EHRs is on the rise, especially for small..

Healthcare Performance Metrics

Spotlight on Standardized Performance Measurement
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 24, 2016

The National Quality Forum (NQF), a not-for-profit organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare,..

Healthcare Dashboards

Why Interactive Reporting Dashboards Are Increasing in Popularity
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 21, 2016

Interactive self-service dashboards enable users to see what matters most and take action without dependence on IT to..

Healthcare KPIs

Five KPIs Your Healthcare Organization Should Be Tracking
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 16, 2016

Measurements are used in a variety of ways, from deciding how much of a certain ingredient to put into a recipe to..

Health IT Events: Preparation, Procedures and Proactive Response
By: Ron Stephenson on Jun 14, 2016

Health IT solutions are utilized in many different ways to improve patient care but also can produce preventable..

EMR Reporting

Top 5 EMR Adoption Challenges
By: Ron Stephenson on May 25, 2016

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”- Socrates,..

Healthcare Data Governance

Data Warehouses: What They Are and How They Help Report Management
By: Ron Stephenson on May 18, 2016

Healthcare organizations gather massive amounts of data to utilize for a variety of purposes, but that data is often..

Healthcare Analytics

Why Big Data Matters in Healthcare Analytics
By: Ron Stephenson on May 16, 2016

As we’ve written in previous blogs, “big data” is high on the list of popular healthcare analytics trends. Simply put,..

Healthcare Analytics

Benefits of Population Health Management
By: Ron Stephenson on May 12, 2016

Population Health Management is the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology..

Healthcare Business Intelligence

How Business Intelligence Supports Better Healthcare Decisions
By: Ron Stephenson on Apr 27, 2016

Like most other industries, healthcare lingo typically includes a lot of buzzwords. Terms such as “interoperability”..

EMR Reporting

Why Your EMR Reporting Needs to Be Scalable
By: Ron Stephenson on Apr 20, 2016

The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of..

Epic Reporting

6 Benefits of Optimizing Your Epic EHR System
By: Ron Stephenson on Apr 11, 2016

Most healthcare organizations that utilize the Epic EHR system experience benefits such as increased productivity and..

Epic Reporting

Questions to Ask Your Epic Certified Consultant Before an Implementation
By: Ron Stephenson on Apr 6, 2016

Implementing a new EHR system can be a huge undertaking, but it can be less stressful with detailed pre-planning,..

Epic Reporting

How Reporting Team Structure Affects Your Healthcare Organization
By: Ron Stephenson on Mar 28, 2016

Organizations must properly manage and align their reporting team resources to achieve their overall operational goals...

Healthcare Data Governance

6 Steps to Successful Healthcare Data Management
By: Ron Stephenson on Mar 14, 2016

Healthcare data management is the development and implementation of policies and procedures to manage the information..

Healthcare Data Governance

How to Know if Your Healthcare Data Governance is Working
By: Ron Stephenson on Feb 23, 2016

The most important function of a healthcare data governance program is to provide the infrastructure to support and..

Healthcare Data Governance

How Do I Maintain Good Healthcare Data Governance?
By: Ron Stephenson on Feb 19, 2016

According to research by KPMG, only 10 percent of healthcare facilities are using data and analytics to their full..

Healthcare Analytics

How to Involve Users in Improving Healthcare Analytics
By: Ron Stephenson on Feb 15, 2016

Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to manage and analyze an unprecedented amount of clinical,..

Epic Reporting

Why Epic Report Testing is Important Before Go-Live
By: Ron Stephenson on Feb 10, 2016

During an Epic implementation, a key milestone for the reporting team is to conduct thorough report testing. This..

Epic Reporting

How An Epic Consultant Can Help Reduce Your Reporting Backlog
By: Ron Stephenson on Jan 19, 2016

Many healthcare facilities experience an Epic reporting backlog shortly after go-live, as they move into the..

Epic Reporting, EMR Reporting

Top 12 Frustrations After an Epic Reporting Implementation
By: Ron Stephenson on Jan 13, 2016

Shortly after Epic go-live, it is very common for healthcare facilities to experience significant challenges in..

Epic Reporting, EMR Reporting

An Overview of 4 Powerful Epic EMR Report Types
By: Ron Stephenson on Dec 15, 2015

At Syntrix Consulting Group, one of the key ways that we assist healthcare organizations and medical practices optimize..

EMR Reporting

5 Best Practices EMR Reporting Analysts Use to Protect Patient Information
By: Ron Stephenson on Nov 20, 2015

Healthcare organizations know they must consistently maintain high standards for medical records security. The..

5 Groups Who Benefit from a Customized EMR Reporting System
By: Ron Stephenson on Nov 18, 2015

Several years ago, electronic medical record systems (EMR) were viewed as innovative and progressive – and that’s still..

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