Healthcare data analytics landscape changing rapidly

Nearly half of healthcare organizations responding to a new survey say they are experiencing a positive return on investment in data analytics and reporting technology.

The survey, by TCS Healthcare Technologies in conjunction with the Case Management Society of America and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, found the landscape changing quickly from similar measures taken in 2008 and 2010.

Forty-six percent reported positive ROI, compared with 14 percent who reported a negative return, according to an announcement.

Thirty percent of respondents reported stratifying healthcare information to promote population-based screening, or to identify candidates for case management. Meanwhile, just 25 percent reported using predictive modeling applications, while 35 percent reported doing so two years ago.

Excel (39 percent), Crystal Reports (20 percent) and Access (17 percent) remain the most widely used applications.

Users cited the importance of dashboard and visualization capabilities, naming among their priorities the ability to manipulate reports and data presented and to view trends for individual patients and for large sets of data.

Applications for population health management that integrate claims and clinical data are key to the success of accountable care organizations, an IDC Health Insights report found recently, saying many organizations have found that relying on EHR information alone isn't enough.

While tools that help organizations with case management have been touted for their ability to improve care, as New Jersey-based primary-care practice Vanguard Medical Group experienced, it's not all about the technology. A Kaiser Permanente study found readmission-prediction software wasn't accurate enough for it to replace manual review of cases.

To learn more:
- here's the announcement