IBMIBM +0.87% and several leading hospital groups which are part of the Premier healthcare alliance are using predictive analytics to improve medication compliance and reduce hospital readmissions.
Studies show that about half of Americans don’t take medications as prescribed, which leads to $100 billion a year in additional hospital re-admissions and treatment. For people with chronics conditions, delaying or missing even one dose can lead to major complications.
We have to make it much easier for the doctor to take information out of an electronic medical record system that has been designed for billing and make it available [for assistance in treatment],” said Paul Grundy, IBM’s director of health care transformation.
Some of the most valuable information in medical records is in unstructured data, he added, such as social factors that are useful predictors that someone with congestive heart failure will be readmitted after a hospital stay.
Now a group of IT and clinical experts have launched the Data Alliance Collaborative (DAC) to develop and share knowledge, data and resources to move toward more integrated systems for health care. Drawing on their knowledge of clinical care, they are developing analytics for population health management.
They have a challenge ahead of them. Legacy electronic medical records cannot integrate clinical, financial and operation data, so providers are making major investments in separate business intelligence and analytic solutions on data that is locked in silos.
“Instead of investing in and developing multiple, fragmented solutions that address the same problem, we’re pooling resources to develop single solutions we all can use,” said Terry Carroll, senior vice president of transformation and chief information officer for Fairview Health Services, and DAC chair. “We’re using big data, as opposed to local or siloed data, and will get richer insights as a result. Sharing assets and testing new and innovative ways to use analytics will help us achieve system-wide change that positively impacts quality, cost and the care experience.”
Via Chatu Jayadewa