National Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit Points to Data Standards Challenges for Affordable Care Act Implementation

Fifth Annual Healthcare Business Intelligence Leadership Events Highlights Key Issues in Healthcare Data Management

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  As regional healthcare exchanges continue to experience user problems following the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, a national summit on healthcare business intelligence points to systemic problems with healthcare data standards that could pose an even greater long term challenge.

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Founded by Lancet, a Minneapolis based healthcare data consulting leader, the national Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit each year brings together healthcare executives to debate national data issues, developments and best practices in the use and management of data across the healthcare industry. With sweeping data management changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act in October, the outcomes of this year's debate take on particular significance (see content online.)

"The healthcare and political arenas are intensely focused on debating the merits of 'Obamacare'," says Summit founder, Laura Madsen, international speaker on Healthcare Business Intelligence and author of Healthcare Business Intelligence: a Guide to Empowering Successful Data Reporting and Analytics. "But nobody is examining challenges and issues physicians, clinics and hospitals across the country are facing as they transition to the kinds of electronic record keeping systems the Act requires. Unless addressed, problems with data standardization--how it's recorded, input and analyzed--will create a very long shadow far beyond the passing of this law."

Key healthcare data themes from the 2013 Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit:

  • Data standards are a very real challenge to implementation of Electronic Health Records. There is disparity in the way physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers record and input data.
  • Building an analytics capability is something that all healthcare organizations want but experience difficulty in finding the right resources, and then utilizing them. The final challenge becomes balancing of resources with the standard reporting that is required.
  • At an operational level, healthcare organizations are suffering challenges marrying business goals and procedures with technology department processes, protocols and goals.
  • Visualizing is a huge factor in healthcare data management with inconsistencies in user interfaces and the way data is visually presented.

The 2013 Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit took place September 19, 2013 at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN. Sessions were free to qualified healthcare professionals. For more information, full details on all sessions and complete speaker bios visit

About the Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit
The Healthcare Business Intelligence Summit is a free, one-day event providing education and networking for healthcare professionals. Attendees learn the latest trends, best practices and "how to" solutions for healthcare data management and analytics from industry experts, technology leaders and cutting edge BI thinkers in the BI community.

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SOURCE Lancet Software