What Impact Will the Trump Administration Have on Healthcare IT?

trump healthcareThere’s been a lot of discussion about what will happen to healthcare under the incoming Trump administration. Most of this discussion has focused on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its ramifications. In fact, the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicates that repealing the ACA could lead to millions losing health coverage and skyrocketing premiums in the first year.

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So what will the change in administration mean for those of us in healthcare IT? How would a repeal of the ACA impact healthcare technology? What is the future of initiatives already in progress? Here’s a look at some of the most pressing issues. (more…)

5 Reasons to Meet with Dimensional Insight at HIMSS17

The countdown to HIMSS17 in Orlando is officially on! Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a returning HIMSS expert, the conference undoubtedly seems to get bigger and bigger each year, making it difficult to choose which exhibitors to visit.

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We know it is common for attendees to map out their route on the show floor prior to the conference. With that in mind, we’d like to propose 5 reasons why you should stop by booth #3335 to learn more about our business intelligence solution, Diver Platform. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Tim Lindeman

tim lindemanFrom time to time on our blog, we have profiled our employees who help make this company the strong, customer-focused organization that it is. Today, we introduce you to another one of our stellar employees – someone who plays multiple roles and takes on some of our most challenging tasks.

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Tim Lindeman is Dimensional Insight’s vice president of business innovation. But that title doesn’t fully encapsulate the many different hats he wears here. Tim is someone who is involved in managing our Chinese operations, in our product development, and in our marketing and sales operations. He is one of our key staff who helps our organization run more smoothly. Here’s a conversation I had with Tim on how he came to our company and where he sees business intelligence heading. (more…)

Data-Driven Decisions as a Driver for Change in Healthcare

With the growing abundance of healthcare data and ample technology to work with it, the frontier of the information age has shifted to how we sift meaning from the unrelenting deluge. The expression “data-driven decision making” has become a popular way of characterizing how we attempt to integrate objective information into the tasks that we undertake every day.  However, it’s an admittedly abstract concept.

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Exactly how can we practically use data to make better decisions? And, how do we sort through the noise to get to what can truly help us rather than waste time on unproductive clerical-like tasks? (more…)

How to Create a Dashboard Design Look Book (#2 in a Series)

In my last blog post, I talked about how create a specific dashboard that would help you save time on design. Now in this post, I will take a look at a very different type of dashboard that you can add to your Dashboard Design Look Book.

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With these instructions, you should be able to create the same look and feel in your own interface. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to create this month’s dashboard. (more…)

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

2016 is quickly (too quickly!) wrapping to a close, but we are already hard at work on 2017 plans. There are a lot of exciting things happening here at Dimensional Insight that we are looking forward to unveiling in the New Year.

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As manager of this blog, every year I take a look back at our blog posts that performed well (as well as those that didn’t perform as well) to see what resonates most with our readers. From our top blog posts this year, our blog readers clearly like practical tips to help them better visualize their data. You can definitely expect more of that in 2017! Wondering what was tops on our blog this year? Here’s our list of the Top 5 blog posts published in 2016. (more…)

How to Screen Scrape Web Data for Input into Diver

Diver accepts input from many sources, but did you know that you can screen scrape information from the Web to use as input? For example, do you want to integrate daily exchange rate data, weather data, or transportation schedules into a model or cBase?

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Paul Duggan, Software Development Manager at Dynamic Business Informatics Ltd. (DBI), recently presented a method to accomplish just this at our annual distributors’ conference. With a few steps, you can pull data from the web. In short, you can use a Google sheet to import the web page data, download the shared Google sheet to a local .csv file, and use the .csv file as input to Diver. Sound simple? Let’s give it a try! (more…)

3 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Diver Platform 7.0 and Spectre

diver platform 7.0When Dimensional Insight’s Model engine was introduced in 1989, it had many advantages compared to other relational databases at the time. Today, as columnar databases grow in popularity – and in performance – we have again outpaced the competition with the introduction of our new Spectre data engine.

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If you’re a Dimensional Insight customer, here are 3 reasons why you should upgrade to Diver Platform 7.0, which includes Spectre technology. (And if you’re not a Dimensional Insight customer, here’s why you’ll want to take a look at what we have to offer.) (more…)

Why Columnar Databases are the Future of Business Intelligence

columnar-databasesDimensional Insight’s new data engine Spectre reflects the future of business intelligence: it is built on the latest columnar database technology, delivering data analysis faster than ever before. Columnar databases are becoming more and more popular in business intelligence; in fact, a recent survey by Gartner (Oct. 2016) shows that production deployments of columnar/in-memory technology have grown for three straight years.

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The idea of a columnar database is not new. In fact, they have been around for years. However, as time has passed they’ve become more and more practical. This is because better support is available and performance has improved over time. Here’s why columnar databases are the future of business intelligence. (more…)

What Will 2017 Bring in Business Intelligence?

business intelligence predictionsWhat a year 2016 has been! Here at Dimensional Insight, we have been busy upgrading many of our customers to Diver Platform 7.0, as well as working on some exciting new product developments. Already, 2017 is shaping up to be a busy one here at our company.

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It will also be a busy year for those in the business intelligence (BI) industry. What does the New Year hold? I spoke with several Dimensional Insight leaders to gather their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that emerged in 2016 and their business intelligence predictions for 2017. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Marissa Leone

marissa-leoneDimensional Insight has a long history of helping healthcare organizations tie together their data and make better decisions that improve outcomes. At the heart of how we provide such meaningful results are the people who work here and apply their real-world experiences toward helping our customers gain the right insights.

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To that end, we would like to introduce you to Marissa Leone, one of our newest faces in the Dimensional Insight family. She is one of our healthcare consultants from our headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts. Learn about Marissa’s experiences and her insight on what hospitals need from business intelligence solutions. (more…)

How to Create a Dashboard Design Look Book (#1 in a Series)

dashboard-design-look-bookIn the past, I’ve written articles about dashboard design at a conceptual level, dispensing advice about how much white space to use or sharing thoughts about whether to use images. Today, I want to share something more concrete: step-by-step instructions to set up a dashboard so that you save time on design. This will become a sort of Dashboard Design Look Book once we create several different dashboards.

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Here’s what I did: I selected some interesting-looking dashboard designs from our company’s archives and then I reverse engineered them. Now, with the instructions I’m supplying, you should be able to create the same look and feel in your own interface – whether it be DivePort or another tool. I’ll do a different look and feel each month so you will have a variety of dashboards to build easily! (more…)

Dimensional Insight a Leader in Value in KLAS Enterprise Healthcare BI Report

dollarphotoclub_73504709The KLAS Enterprise Healthcare BI 2016 report is out, and Dimensional Insight has once again fared exceptionally well in the research. Our company both posts leading scores and is considered a good value by our customers. As this is a report driven by customer feedback, it once again shows our customers are deriving results from our software.

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If you are looking through the report, here are three areas where Dimensional Insight stands out. (more…)

What’s Your Drink of Choice on Election Day?

election dayAs a business intelligence provider, we allow companies to integrate their data from disparate sources and be able to dive into it to get new and surprising insights. With Election Day right around the corner, we decided to do a little fun diving into a data set to see if there were any interesting correlations around political affiliation and drinking preferences.

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Here’s what we found: Democrats are 44% more likely than Republicans to drink wine and Republicans are 13% more likely than Democrats to drink beer. When it comes to hard liquor, the difference is less stark, with Democrats 7% more likely than Republicans to drink spirits. So, how did we figure this out? (more…)

How to Ensure Your Sales Team is Making Its End-of-Year Numbers

why-team-is-not-sellingYour sales team isn’t selling and it’s starting to irritate you. For beverage alcohol companies, this is the busiest time of year. Heck, OND (October-November-December) has a HUGE reputation as being the time when orders start flying in. Companies have extra budget that they’ll either spend or lose. And organizations base next year’s budget on what a department “needed” this year — so you can guarantee the department will spend, spend, spend!

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If this is such a busy time of year, why isn’t your sales team selling? There can be a lot of different reasons. But let’s talk about 3. (more…)

How to Get the Most Out of the BARC BI Survey 16

bi-survey-16The BARC BI Survey 16 is out, and as has become yearly habit, as soon as I got the report, I dug right in to see what the data shows about customers’ experiences with different business intelligence (BI) vendors and trends in the industry. Of course, I also wanted how to see how Dimensional Insight fared in the report. (Spoiler: we did well! There are some more details in the infographic at the end of this post.)

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For organizations looking to evaluate vendors, the report can be a little daunting at first. Which areas should you focus on? Which KPIs are most important to give consideration to? Here are 3 tips to help you best navigate all the information in the report. (more…)

DiveTab Mobile BI: What’s New and What’s to Come

mobile-biAnalysts project global spending on business intelligence (BI) will increase steadily over the next few years, with cloud BI projected to increase 20% in 2017. In addition, analysts project mobile BI in the global marketplace will reach 30% of the BI market by 2018. Why are these statistics so important? Because companies using analytics are five times more likely to make faster decisions. Even more exciting, the Leadership Excellence in Analytic Practices study (LEAP; released by A.T. Kearney in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon), showed that leaders of enterprises using analytics focus on collaboration in conjunction with BI, while laggards rely mainly on the technology.

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This is all great news for companies using (or looking to use) our DiveTab mobile BI platform. DiveTab’s focus is information proliferation and collaboration, using the latest in cloud computing technology to provide access to a full suite of powerful (and award-winning) BI analytics tools. What news could possibly add to the excitement? DiveTab just got a whole lot better, with numerous improvements and new features added in a recent update. Even better, more updates are on the way! Read on to learn more. (more…)

Data-Driven Decisions and the Learning Health System

learning-health-systemAs a healthcare leader trying to navigate the path to patient-centered, quality-focused care, you’re doing your best to drive change through your organization. But invariably you run up against the constraints of an industry model that hasn’t caught up with the aspirations of population-wide health. That’s the dilemma that Dr. John Chessare, CEO of Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), described at a recent conference sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Dr. Chessare told of imploring his staff to minimize emergency department and hospital utilization by channeling patients to primary care centers; but then walking by the nearly empty ED and realizing that the revenue necessary to finance GBMC’s progressive advanced primary care centers was actually dependent on a busy ED. “The payment system needs to catch up with the reality of what we actually need to do to reach the goals of the Triple Aim,” he declared, adding, “It’s just not changing fast enough.” Nonetheless, he and other healthcare leaders know they can’t afford to wait for payment reform.

So how do you move forward in spite of the obstacles? (more…)

4 Takeaways from Our Regional User Meetings

regional-user-meetingsThis year, instead of having our one large Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC), we decided to switch it up and host four smaller regional user meetings. The meetings provided us with a great opportunity to connect with nearly 200 Diver users in Orlando, Foxwoods (Connecticut), Napa, and Chicago.

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Each meeting had a slightly different flavor and feel to it, but all contained opportunities for users to learn from each other, as well as learn the latest on our new technologies such as our DiveTab mobile BI solution and our Spectre technology, which provides faster processing and ability to handle larger data sets.

Now that the regional user meetings are behind us, I’ve culled through my notes and determined four main takeaways from these events. (more…)

Spotlight on our Distributors: Meet Bob Corr of DBI

bob-corrThe Dimensional Insight family includes not just employees from our U.S., Netherlands, Germany, Panama, and China locations, but also employees from our network of global distributors.

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Today we would like to introduce you to Bob Corr. Bob is the managing director of Dynamic Business Informatics (DBI), our partner and Diver distributor for Ireland and the UK. Learn more about Bob’s experience at DBI and his insight on business intelligence. (more…)