Unleashing Potential in the Healthcare Industry
The importance of managing data in Healthcare
Across any Healthcare organisation, the importance of having the right tools to handle the vast amounts of data cannot be understated. The repercussions of having poor or deficient flows of information in any industry can undermine any business but, in a healthcare focused one, the consequences can be dire or even fatal. This is especially true if the right type of information is not given to people at the time they need it the most.
This is where the organisation’s data strategy plays a vital role. Most healthcare organisations sit on top of large amounts of data and need to disseminate this in a variety of ways to serve many different departmental needs. From finance departments handling patient costings and allocating employee resources more efficiently to the emergency department streaming real-time KPI updates on monitors, the requirement to have a robust platform to support this usage is important. As a healthcare professional you’re probably well aware of issues like this but did you know that there are ways to improve the flow of data? By doing this you can alleviate these concerns and it works by using the right technologies
ABM’s role in Healthcare
ABM has been a key player in providing strategic data solutions in the Healthcare industry for many years and whilst we profess to being product agnostic, in order to find the solution with the best fit, one product we keep coming back to (thanks to our success with it) is Qlik with QlikView and Qlik Sense solutions. Both have been invaluable in pushing the conversations around data further forward and have continued to be enablers of organisational strategy. In discussions I’ve had with one of Qlik’s Healthcare advocates, Dalton Ruer, the role that Qlik can have in enhancing the information and reporting flow in a healthcare organisation cannot be understated. There are a large number of examples where Qlik has helped to positively transform how hospital and healthcare providers view and interact with data which all goes towards the end goal of providing even more enhanced services to patients.
Together with Qlik, ABM Systems enables enhanced visibility of important data in a timely manner through solutions which give the end users an ability to access their data more easily in a truly self-service environment. This means that they can, if required, build their own reports with a lower burden of having to continuously rely on IT departments to make changes. This reduced burden on IT means that they can focus on other value add tasks such as data governance where Qlik also has robust tools which can aid in those processes. Essentially, Qlik gives the business the chance to think analytically whilst allowing IT to focus more operationally and allow these teams to work together to drive change.
Furthermore, Qlik continues to expand its capabilities around helping organisations enhance their employee capabilities to manage and work with data. The latest innovation has been their Data Literacy program where the frameworks main aims are to give users the tools to better read, understand, create and communicate information. The program can be accessed here and in conversations I’ve had with Jordan Morrow (Qlik’s Global Head of Data Literacy) it is an area of growth for them that is being recognised by Gartner as the ‘new core element of digital business and society’ being a topic that needs to be discussed across many organisations.
Videos/Demos you can check out now
Those unfamiliar with Qlik or their offerings don’t have to look too far to find out how the tool works or even try out their apps. There are various videos online which show the benefits that Qlik can have in Healthcare such as this Accelerator video.
Closer to home, NSW Health gained many advantages from using Qlik. For example they were able to link their financial data with their clinical information more easily and enabled more collaboration across their systems.
For those that are curious enough to try out a demo, the latest Healthcare related ones can be found by clicking this link or the image below or if you would like something a little more personal the ABM experts would be happy to speak with you. Contact us by clicking here.
In these examples, you can see some background on these applications.
From here you can also launch the demos and try out the apps yourself and scroll through the various pages which showcase examples of how this product can be used to solve the data problems in an example organisation.
For more on Qlik and its impact in Healthcare check out the following links:
- Qlik Healthcare solutions: https://www.qlik.com/us/solutions/industries/healthcare
- Dalton Ruer’s blog (Qlik Healthcare Advocate): http://qlikdork.com/
Additionally, there is also a Qlik Data Revolutions event on September 25 (LINK) where the key topic will be Data Literacy (and Jordan Morrow will be speaking at that as well as various other Data Literacy advocates such as Jane Crofts from Data to the People.