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Our customer executives delivered some inspiring presentations at our recent Informatica World conference on how master data management (MDM) is enabling strategic business imperatives such as increasing revenue by making more relevant cross-sell offers, improving regulatory compliance with more effective reporting, and streamlining key business processes such as order-to-cash to improve the customer experience. A big thank you to all the presenters for sharing their stories!
These innovative companies are using MDM to better leverage their business-critical data about customers, products, channel partners, suppliers, employees and so on to do two things: 1) enable strategic imperatives or 2) solve pressing business problems. If you were at Informatica World this year, but were unable to attend these MDM customer sessions, you can get access to the presentations online by searching for these titles. (more…)
The only way for HealthDetail to hold or increase margins was to think differently. The company’s provider directory business supplies accurate and compliant healthcare directories for Medicaid and other health insurers. The problem was that the volume of data coming in and the breadth of different sources it was derived from threatened to overwhelm the existing database. HealthDetail could either invest in dedicated database administration resources, at great expense, or consider a more innovative solution: cloud-based data integration.
I was chatting with some colleagues in the healthcare industry last week. We were discussing the latest healthcare reforms in the USA and the role that technology plays. Indeed the recent announcement by the World Health Organization that the Swine Flu epidemic has been raised to “pandemic” status is a clear indicator of the need to focus on saving lives. There is nothing more powerful, or emotional, than hearing about lives being saved. Technology plays a critical role in today’s society, but it is the ability to use technology to understand trusted data and then make life-saving decisions based on it is especially critical.
We were talking about a variety of examples of where a better understanding of data helps improve lives and save lives. I want to talk about how and why data is critical. Data allows us to understand what is happening, who is affected, where disease is spreading and how to combat it. It’s not applications, or business process or people. Yes, all of these help – but at the heart of the ability to understand health is “data”. We live in a real-time world where health issues are reported at the speed of light across the internet before we even wake up. We all watch, we all listen and we all observe. Yet, how do we act? How do we take in the data and act upon it? (more…)
A couple of years back, I spoke with an IT manager at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, who described the complexity and cost involved in storing X-ray records to comply with HIPAA regulations. For example, medical records need to be maintained for the life of the patient, and X-ray images need to be maintained for at least seven years.
An X-ray image may be a high-priority item within the first month of a medical procedure, but after that, chances are it will never be needed again. Thus, information needs to be stored in different tiers, at different priority levels.
Healthcare establishments from coast to coast are facing similar challenges on many different levels. (more…)