Spotlight on our Distributors: Meet Alejandro Mendoza of BI Solutions Mexico

Did you know that Dimensional Insight’s network of global distributors extends into Latin America? We not only work in interesting industries, but we are also located in unique cities and countries across the globe.

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Today, we introduce you to Alejandro Mendoza. Alejandro is the founder and general manager of BI Solutions Mexico. I had a conversation with Alejandro about the impact of business intelligence in Mexico. (more…)

The Changing Role of Sales in a Connected World

Technology is a staple for personal and business purposes. It has driven consumerism globally as well as improved communication and collaboration. Mobile technology has specifically taken the business world by storm. Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever; this year, the total number of mobile phone users will rise to 4.77 billion.

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As we become more connected, mobile technology has shaped how business is conducted and how colleagues and employees work, collaborate, and communicate with each other. Physical location no longer limits business engagements, and employees can retrieve data from anywhere, at any time, on any device. Today we will examine the changing role of the sales industry and how mobile technology has positively impacted the business world. (more…)

Takeaways from the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

Earlier this month, I attended the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Dallas, Texas. The show featured more than 100 presentations in a variety of strategy, governance, and analytics topics over the course of 4.5 days.

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It is always interesting to get a pulse on where the business intelligence and analytics industry is headed and to see which topics resonate most with BI users. Here I’ll outline a few things that Gartner focused on during the event and what analytics users and organizations need to think about moving forward. (more…)

How Analytics Can Help in a Value-Based World

In our previous two blog posts on value-based care, we looked at the new value-based landscape and the key areas you need to focus on in order to reduce spending and improve margins within that framework. In order to do those things successfully, you need the right healthcare analytics.

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Any strategy for prevailing in the value-based world will require a multi-pronged approach, but business intelligence and analytics can help provide the insight you need to make more informed decisions that will ultimately reduce care costs and improve patient outcomes. In this blog post, we are going to examine three ways in which analytics can help address challenges. (more…)

Designing a Print-Ready PDF in PrintDP

Last year, I wrote an article,  How to Design a Print-Ready DivePort Page, which outlined the steps one should take to create a PDF from DivePort that would print correctly, fitting entirely within the boundaries of one 8.5” by 11” sheet of paper. Soon thereafter, I received an email from Paul Duggan, software development manager at Dynamic Business Informatics in Dublin, Ireland. He pointed out that although my method was useful to people in the United States where it is customary to use 8.5” by 11” paper, the method would need to be modified for European “Divers” who typically print to an A4 format (8.27” by 11.69”).

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Furthermore, Paul showed me that although my method is suitable for designing a print-ready DivePort page, it is NOT compatible with the “PrintDP Process Node”. A PrintDP node or “Print DivePort page”, is a Production process node in Diver Platform that saves a selected DivePort page to either a PDF or PNG file without launching a browser. The saved file can then be emailed to a defined mailing list. This allows you to automate a process to share dashboards and/or key portal pages with end-users who do not regularly log in to the portal. Luckily, Paul did a little research and came up with a solution for the “PrintDP” process node which I will share with you here today. (more…)

What Organizations Need to Survive in a Value-Based World

value-based worldIn our previous blog post on value-based care, we examined the new value-based landscape. We also looked at some of the most common new reimbursement models. In this post, we will take a look at the new realities of survival.

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Fact is, the old ways of providing healthcare – in a pay-for-service world – no longer cut it. In order to survive, your organization will need to focus on 5 key areas that will enable you to reduce spending and improve margins. Learn more in our graphic and then read about each area in more detail. (more…)

3 Takeaways from HIMSS17

We are back from a successful HIMSS17 show in Orlando. During the conference, I spent much of my time on the show floor, talking to leaders of various healthcare organizations. In addition, I attended many of the educational sessions that HIMSS offered at the event.

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In both the exhibition hall and the sessions, the themes that came through most clearly were excitement, optimism, and a certain sense of relief. Let’s take a look at how these themes came through in the various topics that generated the most buzz and the takeaways from HIMSS17. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Mike Brockway

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be a Diver? How about a Diver who then becomes a member of the Dimensional Insight team? Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our valuable employees who did just that.

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Mike Brockway is Dimensional Insight’s consulting director for beverage alcohol and supply chain in South Florida. He is also the developer of our Program Advisor and Pricing Advisor applications. Here’s a conversation I had with Mike on his experience as a Dimensional Insight customer and his perspective on the beverage alcohol industry. (more…)

First Impressions of HIMSS17

HIMSS17himss17 is underway, with more than 40,000 healthcare professionals converging on Orlando, Florida. With Day 1 of the conference now in the books, I wanted to share my first impressions of the show.

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Of course, Dimensional Insight is also exhibiting at the show (booth #3335) and we have some exciting new products that we are demoing to attendees. I’ll also share some details on that at the end of this post. (more…)

Navigating the World of Value-Based Care with Analytics

It’s no secret that healthcare costs are quickly rising. In fact, the U.S. currently spends about $10,000 per person on healthcare. Value-based care programs have emerged as a new form of reimbursement that ties care delivery payments to the quality of care provided, while also rewarding providers for efficiency and effectiveness.

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As these new reimbursement models roll out, healthcare organizations must understand the different programs’ requirements and what will be expected of them moving forward. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the common value-based care programs that are impacting providers. (more…)

How Business Intelligence & Millennials Can Give Wineries a Leg Up

Like many other industries in the U.S., the wine industry is currently experiencing a large change in its workforce. The traditional model in which generations of family members have managed the business is not sustainable for many wineries. Instead, they are now looking to millennials to fill roles, but in many cases, unsure of how to best utilize their talents.

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One issue is that many wineries still operate as “paper” businesses. This business model does not resonate with new, younger employees, and can prove to be inefficient. To best capitalize on the talents they have in front of them, wineries need to embrace new technology, including data analytics, to improve efficiency and productivity. Here, we’ll look at how they can do so. (more…)

KLAS and Consistency are a Winning Combo

KLAS Research recently published its 2017 Best in KLAS Software & Services Report. This report recognizes top vendors in helping healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. As a five-time winner in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics category, we have been continually highlighted in the “Best in KLAS” report for our expertise and the value we bring to our customers.

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We came in a very close second in our category this year. But for us, what is most important is the tremendous consistency we’ve shown over the years as a top BI and analytics leader. Given the competitive and fast-changing market we are in, we believe that consistency is key and continually being at (or very close to) the top of the list for seven straight years is a unique accomplishment and a milestone we are proud of. (more…)

5 Things We’re Looking Forward to at HIMSS17

The HIMSS17 conference brings together 45,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors to discuss the healthcare industry and focus on better health outcomes and patient care through information technology.

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With HIMSS17 just around the corner, we are busy planning our schedules for the show. I recently sat down with some of our employees who are attending to see what they are looking forward to most this year. (more…)

3 Ways to Brush Up Your Dashboard Design Skills

In the past, I’ve focused on visual design tips in my Dashboard Design column. However, response from our recent customer webinar on dashboard design was mixed. Half of the audience said they would use the visual design information. The other half was more interested in a different kind of design. NOT visual design, but DATA design. So, for this month’s article on Dashboard Design, I am focusing on data design.

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The practice of dashboard design draws on a practitioner’s knowledge and expertise in different domains: data design and visual design. It is a rare individual who has advanced skill levels in both domains. And, the field of dashboard design itself is constantly in flux. So, for the dashboard designer to seek continuous improvement is not only desirable – but it is necessary. How can you improve your own dashboard design skills? Let’s examine 3 ways. (more…)

Spotlight on our Distributors: Meet Jens Rundquist of Infotool

Dimensional Insight is primarily known for helping healthcare organizations, goods and services, and manufacturing companies here in the United States. However, we also work in some other interesting and unique industries, thanks to our network of global distributors.

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Today, we introduce you to Jens Rundquist. Jens is a Sales Consultant at Infotool, our partner and Diver distributor in Sweden. I recently had a conversation with Jens to learn how Infotool is using business intelligence to impact various industries in Sweden, including education. (more…)

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…)