Interesting that I found this one. Informatica announced that two Informatica customers were named Leaders in the Ventana Research 2013 Leadership Awards, which honor the leaders and pioneers who have contributed to their organizations’ successes. While many of you may think that I’m shelling for our host, these stories are actually hard to come by, and when I find them I love to make hay.
This is not a lack of interest; it’s just the fact that those successful with data integration projects are typically the unsung heroes of enterprise IT. There are almost never awards. However, those who count on enterprise IT to provide optimal data flow in support of the business processes should understand that the data integration got them there. In this case, one of the more interesting stories was around UMASS Memorial Health Care: Leadership Award For CIO George Brenckle
“The Ventana Research Leadership Awards recognize organizations and supporting technology vendors that have effectively achieved superior results through using people, processes, information and technology while applying best practices within specific business and technology categories.” Those receiving these awards leverage the Informatica Platform, thus why the award is promoted. However, I find the approaches and the way technology is leveraged most interesting.
Just as a bit of background. UMASS Memorial Health Care undertook the Cornerstone initiative to transform the way data is used across its medical center, four community hospitals, more than 60 outpatient clinics, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The geographical distribution of these entities, and the different ways that they store data is always the challenge.
When approaching these problems you need two things: First, a well defined plan as to how you plan on approaching the problem, including the consumption of information from the source, the processing of that information, and the production of that information to the target. Cornerstone implements common patient, clinical and financial systems and drive information across these systems to optimize healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes, grow the patient population and increase efficiency.
UMASS Memorial Health Care used Informatica to establish a data integration and data quality initiative to incorporate data from its clinical, financial and administrative sources and targets. Using the Informatica technology, they are able to place volatility into the domain of the integration technology, in this case, Informatica. This allows the integration administrator to add or delete systems as needed, and brings the concept of agility to a rapidly growing hospital system.
“The success of Cornerstone has resulted in primary patient panel analytics, online diabetes care, a command center for the ICU, and compliance with Medicare programs.” Indeed, the business results are apparent around the use of data integration approaches and technology, including the ability to trace this project back to an immediate and definable business benefit.