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Healthcare Data Integration Cutting Room Floor: Cluttered with Valuable Unused and ‘Laundered’ Data – #HITsm Chat Topic

Posted on July 12, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 7/14 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Bill Fox (@FoxBigData) of @MarkLogic on the topic of “Healthcare Data Integration Cutting Room Floor: Cluttered with valuable unused and ‘laundered’ data.”

Improving healthcare data integration, flexibility, agility and time to market for development and implementation starts with ingesting data and ends with analytics and insights-an operationalize before you analyze best practice approach.

How healthcare data is captured, represented, secured and made available to the application services intended to support the value-based models of care everyone expects to improve patient outcomes, while addressing escalating costs, is a fundamental necessity for digitally transforming today’s healthcare organizations.

Thankfully, operational data integration technologies have rapidly emerged that address and support the critical functionality healthcare providers, health plans and ancillary organizations need to support the healthcare consumers and patients, and effect true health care outcome improvement and cost containment challenges.

The intention of this chat is to share ideas, facts, thoughts, and opinions on the theme of whether the legacy technology that still dominates most IT shops in healthcare supports reform and innovation initiatives or not. Quite simply, are we leaving too much valuable, unused and ‘laundered’ healthcare data” on the ‘Cutting Room Floor’ of the very healthcare organizations we’re all counting on to best leverage that data? Our hope is that this chat helps to surface how healthcare organizations – providers, payers, 3rd parties and vendors – can get the most from our respective investment in our healthcare data platforms.

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This Week’s Topics
T1: What’s your biggest, most expensive health data “hairball” or pain point in combining data across domains or multiple systems? #HITsm

T2: What is the most valuable data that’s not being used today in #healthcare due to cost / complexity of integration? #HITsm

T3: What data impacts #healthcare consumer / member / patient experience and service the most? #HITsm

T4: 80% of all data is unstructured. What types of unstructured data can help improve service, outcomes & lower costs the most? #HITsm

T5: Why should scarce resources be invested in analytics before combining, enriching, harmonizing and operationalizing data first? #HITsm

Bonus: Why do firms continue using legacy ETL & tools vs adopting a “next gen” data integration platform approach? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
7/21 – Meeting the Patient Where They Are
Hosted by Melody Smith Jones (@MelSmithJones) from HYP3R

7/28 – How Does Age Impact Patient Satisfaction & Provider Switching?
Hosted by Lea Chatham (@leachatham) from @SolutionReach

8/4 – TBD
Hosted by Alan Portela (@AlanWPortela) from Airstrip

8/11 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

8/18 – Diversity in HIT
Hosted by Jeanmarie Loria (@JeanmarieLoria) from @advizehealth

8/25 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

E-Patient Update:  When EMRs Didn’t Matter, But Should Have

Posted on July 27, 2016 I Written By

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she’s served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

The other day I went to an urgent care clinic, suffering from a problem which needed attention promptly. This clinic is part of the local integrated health system’s network, where I’ve been seen for nearly 20 years. This system uses Epic everywhere in its network to coordinate care.

I admittedly arrived rather late and close to when the clinic was going to close. But I truly didn’t want to make a wasteful visit to the ED, so I pressed on and presented myself to the receptionist. And sadly, that’s where things got a bit hairy.

The receptionist said: “We’ve already got five patients to see so we can’t see anyone else.” Uncomfortable as I was, I fought back with what seemed like logic to me: “I need help and a hospital would be a waste. Could someone please check my medical records? The doctors will understand what I need and why it’s urgent.”

The receptionist got the nurse, who said “I’m sorry, but we aren’t seeing any more patients today.” I asked, “But what about the acuity of a given case, such as mine for example? Can’t you prioritize me? It’s all in my medical records and I know you’re online with Epic!”  She shook her head at me and walked away.

I sat in reception for a while, too irritated to walk out and too uncomfortable to let go of the issue. Man, it was no fun, and I called those folks some not-nice things in my mind – but more than anything else, wondered why they wouldn’t look at data on a well-documented patient like me for even a moment.

About 20 minutes before the place officially closed for the night, a nurse practitioner I know (let’s call him Ed) walked out into the waiting room and asked me what I needed. I explained in just a few words what I was after. Ed, who had reviewed my record, knew what I needed, knew why it was important and made it happen within five minutes. Officially, he wasn’t supposed to do that, but he felt comfortable helping because he was well-informed.

Truthfully, I realize this story is relatively trivial, but as I see it, it brings an important issue to the fore. And the issue is that even when seeing chronically-ill patients such as myself, whose comings and goings are well documented, providers can’t or won’t do much to exploit that data.

You hear a lot of talk about big data and analytics, and how they’ll change healthcare or even the world as we know it. But what about finding ways to better use “small data” produced by a single patient? It seems to me that clinicians don’t have the right tools to take advantage of a single patient’s history, or find it too difficult to do so. Either way, though, something must be done.

I know from personal experience that if clinicians don’t know my history, they can’t treat me efficiently and may drive up costs by letting me get sicker. And we need more Eds out there making the save. So let’s make the chart do a better job of mining patient’s data. Otherwise, having an EMR hardly matters.