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New Partnership Uses Data to Search for Population Health Solutions

“What will change in upcoming years as we continue to build this level of analytics capability is the ability for providers to make more informed decisions for patient care."


Allen Naidoo
Vice President of Data Analytics
Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System is participating in a first-of-its-kind initiative to improve population health through data analytics and business intelligence. The System is collaborating with other health systems as well as IT experts to launch Data Alliance Collaborative, or DAC.

DAC members are sharing their experiences and intelligence to co-develop solutions that integrate data across the continuum. They’re building data analytics designed by them, for them, in a collaborative format that accelerates efficiencies and cost savings while avoiding duplication of effort.

“Such data integration can help ensure members develop and deploy best practices for population health, while accounting for their unique care delivery processes and cultures,” said Allen Naidoo, vice president of data analytics at Carolinas HealthCare System. “What will change in upcoming years as we continue to build this level of analytics capability is the ability for providers to make more informed decisions for patient care. This collaborative will result in the ability to leverage the same data model, and that’s a tremendous win from a data aggregation perspective.”

Other members of DAC include:

  • Catholic Health Partners (Cincinnati)
  • Fairview Health Services (Minneapolis)
  • Texas Health Resources (Arlington, Texas)
  • IBM
  • Premier healthcare alliance

Healthcare is rapidly moving toward becoming more integrated and accountable, but its IT is unable to connect and interpret the data sets needed to effectively manage population health. For instance, legacy electronic medical records (EMRs) cannot integrate clinical, financial and operational data across individual hospitals, health systems or the continuum of care.

As a result, providers are making major investments in separate business intelligence and analytic solutions, which are more complex to implement and administer, and are acquiring the same or similar analytics to those being used by their peers, though they cannot share the data. This keeps data – and providers – locked in their individual silos.

According to Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, director of healthcare transformation at IBM, “Members of the Data Alliance Collaborative share the same goal – to better manage and ultimately improve patient health. Providers and other healthcare stakeholders need actionable information that adds value at the point of patient care. Reaching this goal requires disruptive change. The analytics we’re developing will advance a smarter healthcare system that can tackle some of the biggest challenges for patients and the providers that serve them.”

 

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