It is not uncommon, shortly after go-live, for healthcare organizations to experience an Epic reporting backlog. While there are many factors that contribute to this scenario, one of the most significant is the proliferation of requests for new, highly individualized reports.
The development of such reports is time consuming and highly resource intensive for report writers, but also can be less insightful, not providing “big picture” intelligence, for executive decision-makers. Consequently, it can hinder making timely, informed decisions that would support improvements in efficiency, quality and patient care.
Fortunately, there is a proven strategy for minimizing this scenario, and optimizing Epic reporting for better analytics -- building a data warehouse. Below, we highlight the 5 key benefits of this solution:
A data warehouse allows healthcare facilities to streamline how data is accessed and reported. The ability to efficiently aggregate and summarize large amounts of data, often from disparate data sources, is where data warehouses shine.
A data warehouse ensures that reporting data is stored in a consistent manner. It creates a “single source of truth” across all data sources. As part of the data warehouse build process, data inconsistencies are addressed, adding to the accuracy and standardization of the data.
As a direct result of having consistent, reliable reporting data, healthcare facilities can leverage their data warehouse to unleash Epic’s powerful analytics potential. Dashboards, reports, and registries are types of analytic solutions that are well supported by employing a data warehouse
4. Data Governance
Establishing a data governance plan is essential in supporting a reliable data warehouse. Healthcare organizations benefit from developing these standards across all platforms and departments, providing a cohesive, oversight policy.
5. User Access
A data warehouse allows for a more user-friendly access path to aggregated data. It can also help healthcare facilities better understand access patterns, e.g. who is accessing which information, when and why. These insights can be leveraged to modify analytics requirements and adjust user access roles and policies.
The healthcare industry is already bustling with data and yet its data footprint is projected to grow exponentially in the coming years. This data explosion provides unprecedented opportunities to achieve data-driven healthcare management but also presents the challenge of mining this abundance of data to uncover what is reliable and meaningful.
At Syntrix, we have extensive experience working with healthcare facilities to build, maintain and optimize their data warehouse. Syntrix offers data management programs designed to ensure data integrity in healthcare business intelligence solutions. 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.
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