Aggregate Healthcare Data for Secondary Use

How to bring data together from across your healthcare facility so that it can be used for purposes other than that for which it was originally intended.

With the explosion of data in healthcare comes opportunity. Opportunity to use data in more meaningful and beneficial ways. Opportunity to make data available to a wider spectrum of medical teams and systems. Opportunity to better understand the workings, practices and governance of a healthcare facility. Opportunity to analyze trends across the spectrum of population health management. But, in order to realize these opportunities, healthcare requires complete and accurate datasets, harnessed from across the facility or other organizations in the network. This relies on interoperability of systems and bringing data together in a way where it can be easily interrogated and discerned. And, all this while keeping patient information secure and private.

Challenge 1
“I have a rich array of patient data across individual departments. How can I make it better available to my multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs)?”

Silos of departmental data are prevalent across healthcare organizations; applications do not naturally talk to one another making patient information notoriously hard to share. This makes life difficult for multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) when they need to collaborate on patient cases. To make effective clinical decisions, they must have all of the contextual and referential patient data, in all its guises. Is there a way for healthcare facilities to address this issue more transparently across departmental boundaries, so that data can be pooled and shared for use by MDTs?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ is an Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) where data from across the organization can be stored, protected and shared. Used to its full potential, HealthStore becomes the central repository for cross-departmental patient data – from medical images through to clinical reports; scanned patient documents through to unstructured data. As a result, HealthStore is an extremely rich source of patient and administrative information and provides the tools needed to access content securely and efficiently, including governance models needed to control data access. Used in the context of MDTs, HealthStore can give that all important access to the fuller patient record by which diagnoses and treatment plans can be established.

Learn how to provide a richer patient record to clinicians by aggregating data from across multiple departmental silos with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 2
“How can I continue to realize my vision of a single patient record when maintaining application integration with the EMR is so challenging?”

Getting a complete and accurate record of a patient is at best complex. In the worst case scenario, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems struggle to link through to all of the individual clinical applications found in the various departments across a healthcare facility. To come even close to achieving a single patient record, the EMR requires a considerable investment in the development and maintenance of multiple Application Program Interfaces (APIs). Every time there is an application upgrade or change, these APIs need to be updated. This is costly, inefficient and unsustainable. So, how can healthcare organizations more effectively create the single patient record?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ is an Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) that provides a central repository that aggregates a patient’s current and historic data from disparate systems across the organization. This data is stored in a standards-based format making it ‘ready to consume’ by applications such as the EMR. As data is ingested into HealthStore, it is subject to full text and meta-data indexing. This means that the interrogating application is able to conduct powerful searches within HealthStore to retrieve data based on criteria such as Patient ID, Document Type, Submission Date, Facility Name, Department and Author. So, whether clinicians need a CT scan from Radiology, a report from Pathology, an echocardiogram from Cardiology or to access outpatient correspondence, HealthStore can make these and more available via the EMR.

Learn how to align your EMR with data from departmental silos to enrich the patient record with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 3
“Patient and administrative data is scattered throughout my healthcare facility. How can I better harness it to conduct analytics?”

With the rapid adoption of technology throughout healthcare organizations, patient and administrative data has grown at an astonishing rate. However, as valuable as this data may be, it is extremely difficult to get to. And yet, before a provider can even mention the word ‘analytics’, they have to be in a position where they can aggregate all relevant data from across their ecosystem (this may include information from associated organizations). But, how are they able to facilitate this given the remote and oftentimes closed nature of many of the clinical and administrative systems?

The Answer

It is important to say up front that BridgeHead does not offer a healthcare analytics platform. However, BridgeHead’s HealthStore provides an intelligent, central repository where data from various clinical and administrative departments across a healthcare facility can be stored, protected and shared. Consequently, HealthStore is an Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) that is home to all manner of patient data that can empower healthcare analytics. And, because HealthStore supports open, healthcare data standards, it is straight forward to grant access to an analytics engine (provided the appropriate authorizations and governance is in place).

Find out how to provide a central source of data that can be offered for analysis with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

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