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Before Investing In An Analytics System Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Pam Arlotto, president and CEO of Maestro Strate­gies, a health care consulting firm based in Alphar­etta, Ga., is the former president of the Healthcare Inform­ation and Management Systems Society. She advises hospital leaders to consider these seven issues before they even begin to evaluate data analytics vendors.

Factors to Consider

First, senior leadership should understand the business case for analytics in your health system. Analytics is not on-siz­e-fits all and depends on enterprise strategy, readiness, direction and market needs.
Evaluate the current state of your analytics enviro­nment. What tools and systems do you already have in place? How are these systems being used?
What business and clinical problems are being solved today using data? “For example, analytics for enterprise perfor­mance improv­ement is very different from that required for population health manage­ment,” Arlotto says.
Define the vision and desired future state of analytics for your organi­zation. What tools, dashboards and people will be required to be succes­sful? What will be the role of IT, data scient­ists, busine­ss/­cli­nical intell­igence teams, etc.?
Identify a potential proof-­of-­concept or demons­tration project focused on helping the organi­zation learn, and show the value of analytics.
Develop a data-g­ove­rnance process and define decisi­on-­making processes.
Finally, start a vendor short list. Develop a detailed requir­ements listing based on findings from the current and future­-state analyses. Example questions might include:
  Does the vendor offer a compre­hensive enterprise solution or just a point solution?
  Does the offering align with health system needs across all organi­zat­ional levels and functional areas?
  What are the corporate vision and long-term plan for develo­pment?
  How does the vendor complement our existing systems?
  Does the vendor offer true analytics or just query and reporting?