Hospitals still lack clear analytics strategy

Analytics is quickly becoming viewed as a competitive differentiator for value-based care, but many organizations still lack a clear analytics strategy, according to a Deloitte survey.

The survey is based on the responses of 50 chief information officers, chief medical informatics officers and senior technology leaders in health systems, academic medical centers and large hospitals.

While spending on analytics is expected to grow overall in the industry, only five of the responding organizations said they expect analytics spending to grow significantly in the next three years.

Among the survey results:

  • Fewer than half of respondents reported having a clear, integrated analytics strategy
  • About 1 in 4 said they do not have a data governance model in place
  • About 1 in 3 reported they do not know their organization's total spending on analytics
  • Culture and fragmented ownership are the top challenges to analytics adoption, followed by access to skilled resources.

Among the recommendations from the report, based on these findings:

  • Implement a structured data governance model and enterprise-wide analytics strategy
  • Manage analytics capabilities and investments to drive innovation and create tangible value
  • Emphasize data and tech standards to promote interoperability and efficient use of resources
  • Recognize the cultural aspects in using analytics to accelerate insight-driven results

Others have also pointed out the need for the industry to leverage all the data coming in.

Organizations must make better use of the information it's collecting and storing in order to make systematic improvements in the quality of care, the National Quality Forum said in a recent report.

One provider doing that is Seattle Children's Hospital, which has as part of its Benchmarking Improvement Program an initiative aimed at reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections.

Insurer Humana, meanwhile, has been using predictive modeling to identify almost 2 million members at high risk of diseases and to help close gaps in care.

To learn more:
- read the survey report (.pdf)