More than ever before, data drives the business of healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic in particular brought statistics, data and analytics to the forefront. The healthcare industry saw real scrutiny on the sources of its data, as well as on the collection methods and analysis around it. This intensified the pressure to have accurate, streamlined and scalable data analytics capabilities for health systems, clinics and physician groups.
With this in mind, those in the business of healthcare need to consider how their data is collected and presented – and a data analytics team led by physicians may just be the best path forward.
Dr. Amy Ho, senior vice president and chief of clinical informatics at Integrative Emergency Services, in her session “How to Build a Homegrown, Physician-Led Analytics Department” at HIMSS22 in Orlando on Monday, made the case that the clinical workflow is only understandable, translatable and manageable by a clinician. Thus the importance of creating a physician-led data analytics team.
“Classically, informatics is heavily, heavily involved in EMR process and design,” said Ho. “But not so much in what data is extracted and what it’s used for.