DIUC19 Day 1: Welcome to Boston!

DIUC19 Day OneToday we kick off our Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC) in Boston. And this year is a very special one for our company – it marks 30 years that we’ve been in business!

If you’re here in Boston for the conference (or even if you just want to follow along from wherever you are), here’s what you can expect at DIUC today. I’ve also provided some ideas for excursions if you have some free time.

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New Survey: Only 1 in 5 Healthcare Orgs. Use Analytics for Population Health

Population HealthToday, HIMSS Analytics and Dimensional Insight released some surprising new survey results about the state of clinical analytics at healthcare organizations. While most organizations say they are using analytics in clinical areas, reality shows that purely clinical projects are not a top focus area for most hospitals and health systems.

In fact, the survey revealed that only 1 in 5 healthcare organizations (21.6%) is using analytics for population health. What else did the survey reveal? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Hot Topic: Skyrocketing Pharmaceutical Prices

Skyrocketing Pharmaceutical PricesHealthcare spending in the United States is now $3.5 trillion, or nearly $11,000 per person. While hospital care and physician services comprise the bulk of that cost, pharmaceutical prices are responsible for 10% of the total cost – to the tune of $333.4 billion or more than $1,000 per capita.

When we talk about ways to reduce healthcare spending, finding ways to reduce pharmaceutical prices is always a top priority. Why is this such a hot button issue? What steps are being taken? How can data and analytics help? Let’s examine in this week’s “Hot Topic” blog post.

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How to Use Surgery Analytics to Improve Performance

Surgery analytics

A hospital’s surgery department is often its biggest driver of revenue. As such, it’s important that surgical procedures start and end on time and are appropriately staffed. It’s also important that surgical rooms are turned around quickly and that surgery departments are minimally impacted by unexpected procedures.

Many surgery departments aren’t running at peak efficiency, but hospital administration is unclear as to the drivers of inefficiency. How can administrators better understand how to optimize the performance of their surgery departments? Here’s a look at some challenges and how surgery analytics can help.

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Hot Topic: Healthcare Price Transparency

The price of healthcare. It’s a hot-button issue for many Americans, and a costly one too. Statistics from the Commonwealth Fund show Americans pay a median of $3,700 each year in premium contributions and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses combined.

With the cost of healthcare so high, consumers should be able to make meaningful decisions about their care and the prices they are willing to pay. But the current system doesn’t allow for much price transparency. There are now many efforts to change that. Let’s examine in this week’s “Hot Topic” blog post. (more…)

5 Takeaways from the 2019 Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study

Wisdom of Crowds

The annual Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence Market Study by Dresner Advisory Services is out, and, as always, it is chock full of information on the status of business intelligence today.

Curious about the state of data, how successful organizations are with business intelligence, and how different vendors are rated by users? Let’s examine the top takeaways from the report. (more…)

Hot Topic: Big Brother or Modern Convenience?



Big Brother

Imagine driving up to the McDonald’s of the future: the screen at the drive-thru greets you by name – “Hello, Kathy” – and asks if you want your usual order. It would know I usually order a double cheeseburger and small fries, no drink. But on an unusually cold day, it would offer me a hot coffee (cream, no sugar), because it knows I would go for that. It also knows what items other customers are ordering, and it may offer me a trending item to see if I’d try it.

Does this future vision of McDonald’s excite you or terrify you? And would that opinion change if it wasn’t McDonald’s customizing your ordering experience, but an airline tracking your movements with facial recognition? Businesses have mountains of customer data at their fingertips, and now they’re starting to use it in myriad ways that are not only personalizing the customer experience, but are also raising privacy concerns. Let’s take a look in today’s “Hot Topic” blog post. (more…)

The Future of Healthcare: What Can We Expect by 2025?

Future of HealthcareWhat will healthcare look like in 2025? How about in the years beyond? What are the priorities for healthcare organizations in the next several years?

A look at the future of healthcare took center stage at the recent ACHE of Massachusetts Spring Conference. And despite all the challenges in healthcare today, the speakers at the conference are hopeful we will be able to tackle some big issues in the years ahead. Here’s a look at what we can expect and what we hope will happen by 2025. (more…)

Takeaways from New England HIMSS: The Human Side of Healthcare Technology

New England HIMSSWe often talk about healthcare technology in terms of benefits such as time savings or cost savings. But what about the human benefits? For providers that means a better quality of life. The same is true of patients – although that better quality of life often means better treatment of disease and a higher life expectancy.

This intersection of technology and humanity took center stage at the New England HIMSS Spring Conference, held on May 16th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Here are some highlights and takeaways from the event. (more…)