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ROI From Electronic Health Records is All About the Data, Not the Application

I’ve been advocating for years that replacing the paper chart with an electronic system is not the value of the EHR, but rather collecting data that can be used to understand and improve care. So I was very pleased to see Dr. John Showalter’s blog address this very issue – making a compelling case with real-world examples where wisdom derived from data has made demonstrable improvements in healthcare quality and corresponding reductions in cost. (more…)

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Healthcare and CEP – A Discussion

In this video, Richard Cramer, chief healthcare strategist, and Scott Fingerhut, senior director, product marketing, CEP, Informatica, discuss healthcare and CEP (Complex Event Processing).

Richard and Scott cover the following topics:
- What is CEP;
- How CEP pertains to healthcare;
- How CEP differs from data warehouse analytics;
- What some of the applications of CEP are in the healthcare environment; and,
- Where the opportunities are for companies who have already invested heavily in meaningful use and EHRs.

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Data Quality For The First US CIO

InfoWorld recently published an article by Paul Venezia entitled “10 IT agenda items for the first US CIO.” In reading through the article, I thought that some of the recommendations that Venezia makes could be more effective if a data quality strategy were also included as a part of the agenda.

For instance, the first suggested agenda item calls for “Mandatory restitution for customer data leaks.”  Although this is primarily focused on data breaches and the impact to consumers, my recommendation is that this agenda item should be expanded to include requiring a data quality firewall.

By doing so, any data coming into or leaving an organization would have standard data quality processes enforced.  Since data manipulation continues to move to more of a real-time process, having sufficient checks of the data, including standardizing key fields and looking for duplicates, is a way to ensure data integrity is maintained both at the source as well as throughout the data movement process. (more…)

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