Healthcare Analytics – You’ve come a long way baby

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Who’s driving analytics within your healthcare organization? A few precious resources in IT, charged with pulling together standard reports. A few IT-savvy clinicians or the CMIO, charged with managing quality and performance. The CFO’s office, charged with managing financial strategy for the organization. Most likely it’s all of the above, and then some. In today’s world with technology available to make data and analytics more accessible to the people who know what questions to ask, and with the extreme pressure to reduce costs and improve quality, the demand for information and insights is insatiable in healthcare. And the opportunity to transform care delivery, patient experience and overall patient health is huge.

That is why I love my job and why I’m looking forward to the upcoming Healthcare Analytics Symposium led by Health Data Management. During this analytics focused conference, we will hear from innovators who are leveraging big data and analytics in a variety of ways to solve real problems that touch different parts of their organizations.

Selfishly, I’m looking forward to sharing what IBM and our clients have been up to in the realm of big data & analytics – from laying a foundation for enterprise health analytics, to incorporating content analytics and natural language processing to capture nuggets of information from clinical notes, and real-time, streaming analysis of physiological data from bedside monitors in the intensive care unit to manage alarms and detect the onset of life threatening conditions.

In our booth, IBM will feature demonstrations on these exciting capabilities that are currently in use in various healthcare organizations. Read how Carilion Clinic leveraged content analytics to detect 3,500 additional patients at risk for congestive heart failure or see how Seattle Children’s Hospital is establishing a big data & analytics foundation to optimize IT and extend analytics to those who need it most – clinicians.



In addition, we will be talking about the most unique, interesting and life changing capability – streaming analytics. During a breakfast briefing on Wednesday, day three of the conference Dr. Mark S. Wainwright, Founder’s Board Chair in Neurology, and director of the pediatric neurocritical care program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and also Medical Director of the Data Analytics and Reporting division at Lurie Children’s Hospital will be talking about his work with bioinformatics in pediatric critical care and the integration of monitoring and electronic medical record data. He will discuss streaming analytics and the potential for this technology which knows no bounds, from critical care to readmissions to staffing.

Make sure you sign up to attend the breakfast when you pick up your badge at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium.

To highlight just how transformational and unique this technology is, think about the hundreds of thousands of data streaming from bedside monitors – Heart rate, O2, respiration, blood pressure, temperature, EEG, to name a few. By applying complex multivariate analysis using IBM Infosphere Streams and partner algorithms and applications like those from CleMetric, clinicians can identify subtle trends that indicate critical conditions including seizures, brain inflammation, atrial fibrillation, sepsis and more. These conditions, fatal on their own are even more dangerous when they occur in patients who are already critically ill.

In addition to capturing data from the bedside, IBM partners are beginning to combine this data with clinical information about the patient like past events, current medications, allergies, biomarkers to get an even more comprehensive view of the individual and their response to health conditions. Read more by accessing our white paper on streaming analytics in healthcare.

Regardless of the ongoing legislative battles on Capital Hill, healthcare analytics has come a long way. Many organizations are moving forward, establishing big data & analytics capabilities to tap into high volumes of contextually relevant data to understand disease progression, treatment effectiveness and the impact of socio-economics, behavior or genetics on health. This action in turn, creates opportunities to align resources more effectively to provide the best care for the individual in the most cost effective way.

I hope you will sign up for our breakfast and visit the IBM booth at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium. You can speak with our experts about how big data and analytics are transforming healthcare and what might work for your organization.

Industry Solutions Marketing Manager, IBM MobileFirst

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