Data is at the Heart of the 2019 EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues

Educause Top 10. Science concept: pixelated Student icon on digital background, empty copyspace for card, text, advertisingThe EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is one of the country’s largest gatherings in higher education IT, drawing more than 8,000 people from 46 different countries. The conference addresses the future of IT, and as always, one of the highlights is the announcement of EDUCAUSE’s Top 10 list of issues in IT.

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The 2019 list features many of the same issues as were featured in 2018, albeit prioritized differently. More than half of the list relates to data, a reflection of the data initiatives many higher education institutions are working to implement. (more…)

How to Start an Information Governance Initiative

a group of people discussing something in an office setting, information governance initiativeWhen healthcare leaders think about information governance, they often think about it in a clinical context in terms of improving patient care, reducing variation, and so on. However, there is almost always a revenue driver behind information governance.

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A failure to properly govern data can negatively impact a healthcare organization’s revenue cycle. In fact, recent survey results indicate that two-thirds of healthcare organizations use more than one system for revenue cycle management, and they tend to experience more issues with denials, impacting the bottom line. Clearly, there is a need for governed data. So if you are starting an information governance initiative, what do you need to consider? Here’s a look. (more…)

The Future of Data and Analytics in Healthcare

Physician working with data2017 was quite an eventful year in the healthcare industry. There was a lot of discussion about technological innovation, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, and the impact this technology could have on healthcare. In addition, this year was marked by attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as well as discussion around and implementation of new forms of payment in healthcare such as value-based care models.

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What will 2018 bring in healthcare? Will providers be able to take advantage of predictive analytics? How will data and analytics impact healthcare’s ability to measure population health? How will providers gain more trust in their data? Here are some of my thoughts on the future role of data and analytics in healthcare. (more…)

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Frankfurt | Highlights

Highlights from the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in FrankfurtDimensional Insight recently sponsored the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Frankfurt, Germany. The two-day event provided dozens of educational sessions from Gartner analysts and attracted 750 business intelligence and analytics leaders from around the world.

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What did these thought leaders say about BI today and where analytics is headed? Here are a few big takeaways. (more…)

3 Lessons in Implementing Healthcare Data Governance

Do you ever procrastinate or delay doing something you know is good for you? Of course, you do. We all do. It appears healthcare organizations do, too, when it comes to instituting data governance. A recent survey finds many hospitals are struggling to implement such systems.

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But just as a nudge from a friend can help us conquer personal procrastination, organizations that are stalled can learn from peers. Today we look at lessons from Covenant Healthcare, a healthcare system that recently set up its data governance. (more…)

3 Ways Measure Factory Will Enable Data-Driven Decision Making

This week, we announced the availability of Measure Factory, our new automation engine that is an add-on to Diver Platform. Our goal with Measure Factory is to help organizations make better data-driven decisions that ultimately benefit their finances, operations, patient care (in the case of hospitals), and more.

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Want to learn more about Measure Factory and how it can benefit your organization? Here are 3 things Measure Factory is designed to accomplish.

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Survey Says: Hospitals Struggle with Data Governance

survey hospitals data governanceData integrity. It – or a lack thereof – can make or break a business intelligence implementation. How can analysts make better decisions when there’s no consistency between data definitions across different departments and data sources?

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Many hospitals are turning to data governance processes to help them manage their assets and ensure consistency between data. However, as a recent Dimensional Insight survey found, healthcare organizations are struggling to implement data governance. What are their most pressing concerns and challenges? Following are a few highlights from the survey. (more…)

3 Business Intelligence Trends and How They Impact Your Organization

At our recent Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC17), industry analyst Howard Dresner, who coined the term “business intelligence” back in 1989, joined our CEO Fred Powers on stage to talk about some of the trends in business intelligence today. The timing was serendipitous, as Howard had recently released the results of Dresner Advisory Services’ 2017 Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study.

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BI trends that Fred and Howard discussed at the conference: (more…)

Key Takeaways from DIUC17

Many of our “Divers” descended on Boston recently for our annual Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC17). The four-day event featured a keynote by our CEO, Fred Powers, a technology update and future preview from our lab, 4 training sessions, 8 customer presentations, 27 breakout sessions, a product showcase, and an evening cruise around Boston Harbor.

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I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our customers and partners who traveled near and far to attend the conference, as well as our employees who spent countless hours putting together the agenda and ensuring that the conference ran smoothly. For those of you who weren’t able to attend DIUC17 (or if you did attend and just want a recap of events!), here are a few takeaways from the event and where we’ll be focusing our time over the coming months. (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…)