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Will data analytics transform our healthcare system?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Ronald van Loon Tags:#AI#Big Data#Data analytics#featured#Healthcare#Internet of Things#IoT#IOTW17#top Big data analytics are entirely transforming business paradigms. Automated databases are enabling businesses to perform mundane tasks more efficiently. And, the commercial sector isn’t the only area to benefit from data analytics. Its impact is widespread and is being seen across many different sectors, including healthcare.Access to healthcare facilities is a basic, human need. However, the healthcare sector is extremely expensive, even when compared to the other developed economies. In the United States, the burden of the expense ultimately falls on the consumer since the sector is mostly dominated by private companies. America, however, ends up spending more on its public healthcare system than countries where the system is fully publicly funded.Under such circumstances where people are paying a significantly higher price, they deserve a service that matches the price tag. The question is then: how can data analytics help increase the efficiency of healthcare systems in the United States and around the world?Performance evaluationKeeping a tab on hospital activities by maintaining relevant databases can help administrators find inefficiencies in service provision. Based on the results found from data analysis, specific actions can be taken to reduce the overall costs of a healthcare facility. Reduced costs may be reflected in the form of reduced expense burden on the consumers of those healthcare facilities.According to U.S News and World Report, Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina found that they could save approximately $435,000 annually by implementing a simple act of discharging patients half a day early. Hospital administration didn’t just make a random decision. They reached their conclusion after carefully analyzing the data. Such is the scope of data analytics in the field of healthcare.Financial PlanningData Analysis also helps administrators to allocate funds efficiently. An organization can achieve maximum transparency in terms of finances by incorporating automated database systems. The chances of embezzlement and fraud can be reduced significantly. The United States spends approximately 7.4% of public spending on the healthcare sector. A significant amount of money is lost annually due to fraudulent activities in the health sector. George Zachariah, who is a consultant at Dynamics Research Corporation in Andover, says that “In recent times it has become imperative for the organizations to use analytics tools to track fraudulent behavior and incorrect payments.”Patient SatisfactionWe have already established the idea that by incorporating analytics in healthcare systems we can improve the efficiency of the organization in terms of administrative tasks. However, the core objective of a healthcare facility is to cater to the needs of patients. Data analytics has not only proven to be beneficial for the mundane tasks related to administration but also to have a positive impact on a patient’s overall experience. By maintaining a database of patients’ records and medical histories a hospital facility can cut down the cost of unnecessary, repetitive processes.In addition, analytics can help in keeping an updated record of a patient’s health. With the adoption of more advanced analytics techniques, healthcare facilities can even remind patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provide lifestyle choices based on their medical conditions. After all, the whole purpose of introducing digital technology in the health sector is to make sure that people are getting the best facilities at a subsidized cost.Healthcare managementAutomating the processes can help healthcare organizations to obtain useful metrics about the population. It can reveal information such as if a certain segment of the population is more prone to a certain disease. Moreover, if a healthcare facility is operated in multiple units, analytics can prove beneficial to ensure the consistency across all facilities and specific departments. For example, Blue Cross of Idaho used Pyramid Analytics BI office to create a population health program. The results were evident in the form of reduced ER visits and emergency cases.Quality scores and outcome analysisUnder certain circumstances, a patient requires consultation from various specialists. Analytics can play a significant role in filling the communication gaps between consultants in such situations. It is important for each of the consultants to coordinate for the patient’s quick recovery. However, owing to the busy schedules of the consultants most of the time it proves to be very inconvenient for them to communicate. Digitalizing can solve the problem by providing a communication medium where patients data, medical history, and current progress can be stored and reviewed by each individual working on that case. By keeping a continuous check on patients’ health, cases of readmission can also be greatly reduced. A regional medical center can employ analytics to strategically classify patients based on their quality scores and allocate maximum resources to patients most at risk.Labor utilizationIn addition to the patients’ data, hospitals and healthcare facilities can also store staff’s data. They can observe staff performance and find any loopholes or inefficiencies in the system. Based on the results, they can arrange that staff is divided strategically across departments. Some healthcare units call for more staff than others. Failure to understand the organization’s requirements will lead to a loss for both stakeholders.If you are interested in learning more about how data analytics will transform the healthcare systems in the United States and across the world, then join the Pyramid Analytics webinar hosted by Ronald van Loon and Angelika Klidas.For more interesting insights about Big Data Analytics follow me on Linkedin and Twitter.last_img read more

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Paes-Bhupathi to participate in Commonwealth Games

first_imgIndia’s doubles pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi on Saturday confirmed their participation in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi from October 3-14.After the duo recorded their 24th consecutive Davis Cup doubles win to keep India afloat in the World Group play-off tie against Brazil, Paes said: “We will be playing together in the Commonwealth Games and to prepare ourselves, we will be playing in a Tour event in Bangkok prior to the Games.”In an email sent to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on August 18, top players Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had threatened to pull out of the Games due to non-payment of their outstanding bills.Last week, the sports ministry cleared all the bills.last_img read more

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Vanquished Liberals return to Hill one last time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberals from across the country are cleaning out their offices on Parliament Hill this week.The party lost 43 seats in the recent federal election including its only Aboriginal MP.With a major defeat in the election, they’re in Ottawa for a last meeting and a few goodbyes.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has that story.last_img

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Kevino Smith missing person case stretches to 10 weeks

first_img TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Related Items:breezy brea, crimestoppers, grand turk, kevino smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 May 2015 – Ten weeks now since Kevino Smith of Grand Turk went missing; and a report to Magnetic Media yesterday revealed that Police have still not given the family any update on the remains found in an area of Breezy Brae on April 16. Police told media a day after the find, they would not be rushed, that the forensics might be sourced outside of the TCI, that they would not divulge the condition of the body discovered and that potential suspects would be kept under surveillance. The Crime Stoppers reward is still being offered for information in this case; it was last announced at $2,000… again it has been ten weeks since Kevino Smith went missing after an armed confrontation at a home in Breezy Brae, Grand Turk. Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Woman helps beat up Grand Turk senior citizen, police hunting suspectslast_img read more

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Navy Utility Reach Deal to Build Solar Array at Georgia Marine Corps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy signed a real estate outgrant with Georgia Power to develop a 31-megawatt (alternating current) solar generation facility on 150 acres at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, officials announced this week.The $75 million project, which will consist of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels, will deliver energy to the utility’s grid. Groundbreaking is expected this spring; the company plans to bring the facility online in less than a year, according to a news release.The array underscores the southwestern Georgia installation’s commitment to energy security, said Marine Corps Col. James Carroll III, commanding officer of MCLB Albany. The installation currently is slated to become a net zero energy installation with the construction of a biomass plant expected to start this summer.“Through our recent adoption of cutting-edge technologies, to include landfill gas-to-electric generators and ground source heat pumps, and our current effort to construct a biomass steam-fed electric generator, we are on track to achieve ‘net zero’ status well ahead of the secretary of the Navy mandate,” Carroll said. “This project with Georgia Power will add to the base’s energy security and diversify the area’s power supply, making the grid and all who rely on it more resilient,” he said.The project represents Georgia Power’s second at a Navy base; the utility broke ground last year on a 30-megawatt solar plant at Submarine Base Kings Bay.last_img read more

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