[REPORT] Why healthcare providers need to prioritize business intelligence and analytics
How important are analytics and data to your business as a healthcare provider? If you aren’t making data analysis a priority, now may be the time to start. According to a new report from HIMSS Analytics, the savvy use of data can be critical to becoming a more efficient and cost-conscious organization.
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The study, performed by HIMSS Analytics on behalf of visual analytics solutions provider Qlik, surveyed more than 400 director-level and C-level executives in the healthcare industry on the implementation, usage and challenges of business intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms. What the study found was that those who use BI and analytics platforms regularly have greater internal transparency, and are able to take advantage of that transparency to recognize where improvements can be made within the organization to create a better environment with a higher level of patient satisfaction. Among healthcare providers that identified as early adopters of analytics platforms:
48 percent reported being able to make decisions more quickly and easily;
47 percent reported that use of analytics systems created cost savings, and;
56 percent saw an improvement in overall patient care.
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“Utilizing a modern and contemporary BI and analytics platform provides real-time data that is simple for self-service use, as it removes the guess work by the end-user and increases adoption,” said John Hoyt, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics, in a press release discussing the study. “With 42 percent of those surveyed reporting that a hiccup in leveraging BI and analytics platforms is end-user adoption, it is imperative that healthcare organizations implement a system that is user-centric and has the ability to provide quick access, analysis and dissemination of information. This enables healthcare organization executives to make operational improvements, improving overall patient care and efficiency.”
At the end of the day efficiency is vital to any operation, including healthcare providers. Cost savings translate into funds that can be used toward expansions, new technology, research and staff. When you have better control over where you can place your funding, you are one step closer to having the ideal program. This study suggests that the right analytics tools can help you get there that much faster.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”