Healthcare organizations gather massive amounts of data to utilize for a variety of purposes, but that data is often spread out among various facilities, departments and systems. To help manage the vast amount of data being processed and to help centralize how data is governed, many organizations utilize data warehouses, which act as a central clearinghouse and offer an accessible and complete view of organization-wide data. By aggregating and centralizing data from across the organization, healthcare providers can obtain and analyze clinical, financial and operational data with better, holistic reports.
In order to be effective, data warehouses should be flexible and scalable while balancing analytics capabilities with transaction-based functionality. By consolidating large amounts of clinical and financial data into a central location and transforming the data into usable, actionable reports, data warehouses allow data to be constantly available for analyzation, planning and comparison purposes.
A data warehouse can allow healthcare organizations to streamline how data is accessed and reported and can ensure that reporting data is stored in a consistent manner. The data warehouse framework and load process require data inconsistencies and bad or “dirty” data issues to be resolved, all adding to the accuracy and standardization of the data.
For those that are new to the concepts, data warehouses and the related terminology may seem confusing, but it can benefit healthcare organizations in a variety of ways. Following is a list of some of those benefits:
- Provides the foundation for “a single source of truth” by centralizing metric and KPI calculations;
- Seamlessly integrates data from multiple and disparate systems into a consolidated data model; ideal for blending data from legacy and current systems;
- Allows for secure access to a large number of organizational data elements without compromising data integrity;
- Allows healthcare organizations to analyze data to gain deeper insights and create detailed reports from across the organization;
- Transforms and blends disparate clinical and claims data into actionable information for enhanced patient outcomes;
- Combines data from inpatient, outpatient and other specialty areas;
- Simplifies the data exchange process to help provide accurate and consistent enterprise data;
- Supports performance measurement through integrated data;
- Establishes integrity and trust in the information disseminated throughout the organization;
- Provides a broader view of a healthcare organization’s data to contribute to more informed and timely decision-making.
At Syntrix, we have extensive experience working with healthcare facilities to build, maintain and optimize data warehouses. Our database administrators and business intelligence architects can help you devise optimal models to support your healthcare dashboard and business analytics solutions for the long term. To learn more, contact us today and schedule your free consultation.
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