Best Practice EDW Award Winners: Stanford and Health Catalyst
It’s one thing to be recognized as an innovator in your own industry. It’s another thing entirely to be recognized as an innovator across all industries. And that’s exactly what happened when Stanford Hospitals and Clinics (SHC) and Health Catalyst were honored as winners of the 2013 Best Practices award for the Enterprise Data Warehousing category from TDWI.
This is a major accomplishment for SHC and Health Catalyst, who jointly received the award. It’s also an accomplishment for the entire healthcare industry.
How SHC and Health Catalyst were chosen
Each year, TDWI identifies and honors companies demonstrating “best practices in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications for business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW), and related data management (DM) areas.” Nominees are evaluated based on business value, the degree to which the solution “vision” has been implemented, relevance to other organizations, and the innovation association with the approach.
SHC deployed the Health Catalyst Late-binding TM Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), along with a unique multi-disciplinary approach and processes to drive quality interventions that improve health outcomes for patients. The project is especially critical as it enables SHC to achieve its Triple AIM of improved patient care, reduced costs, and enhanced patient satisfaction. It also gives SHC’s users previously unheard of insight into opportunities for quality improvement and a clear process for the deployment of focused interventions.
What this means to healthcare
Nominees in the Enterprise Data Warehousing category came from all industries, not just healthcare, which mean our efforts were recognized from among several big names and key players.
Healthcare transformation is predicated on using data to drive improvement to clinical care and improve operational efficiencies. In order to achieve this, organizations require healthcare analytics that are built upon the starting foundation of an enterprise healthcare data warehouse.
SHC’s use of the EDW and Health Catalyst applications have produced a number of early promising results, including a reduction in 30-day readmissions for heart failure patients and significantly lowered staff surveillance requirements for major hospital-acquired infections. Such improvements are critical for today’s hospitals, which are confronted by a revolution in their fundamental profit structure. To succeed under federal healthcare reform, hospitals must improve the quality of care they deliver, be able to measure and report on health outcomes across their entire patient population, and drive down costs.
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