For most of human history, access to information was a privilege granted to only a few of the most elite individuals. That is the way of the past, though. In today’s increasingly networked world, limitless rafts of information are available on almost any subject, in detail as granular as you could desire.
According to Forbes Magazine, “more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.”
Moreover, by the year 2020, “there will be over 50 billion smart connected devices in the world, all developed to collect, analyze and share data” and “1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet.”
The Dangers of Inaccessible Healthcare Data
This, ironically, bars access to information once more. By having so much data at our fingertips, it can be hard to make sense of it all. Unfortunately, in the field of healthcare, that can be fatal.
When a physician is trying to save a patient from heart failure, for instance, they need immediate access to their health history. They must know if the patient has any drug allergies, or if they are on other medications that may interact with drugs administered in the ambulance or at the hospital. Lacking this information, the patient may die of complications, of a fatal cocktail or of pure inability to act in time while searching for that information.
Healthcare providers, quite simply, need better strategies to organize and access information.
Electronic Health Record Adoption
Electronic health records (EHRs) bring with them a huge range of benefits. They reflect changes in patient health and courses of treatment all in one place. They can be updated in a blink by a wide range of healthcare providers. They may be widely accessed by different institutions.
Due to their extreme usefulness, the growth of EHRs has exploded over the last decade. In 2007, only 28 percent of home health and hospice facilities had electronic records systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control, whereas that number jumped to 41 percent in 2010, reports National Center for Health Statistics. Taking into account the 2007 stats were inflated by the inclusion of mobile technology, that means an even larger jump. Even in three years, that’s quite a growth curve. By 2017, the figures were nearly 90 percent.
This isn’t a negative. Now that most data has been migrated online, healthcare facilities have a huge opportunity to help patients and increase outcomes … if only they can access that information.
Introducing Dashboard Solutions for Healthcare
The next step is to aggregate and make sense of the flood of data pouring into EHRs every second. This reduces wasted time, helps compare patient health, and helps the facility assess its own effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
It’s not enough simply to analyze data, however. Even if the facility can effectively understand what the data means, they must be able to use it to inform patient-centered care and institution-wide decision-making. Interpreted well, this data can also help facilities see where wasted funds hide, compare themselves to their peers in the field, and evaluate the usefulness of current patient therapies and technology.
For instance, consider Leading Wisely, the unique dashboard solution from HealthCatalyst. In addition to enabling access to healthcare information, it also correlates measures so you can effectively compare statistics from more than 100 sources of data. In so doing, Leading Wisely ensures apples to apple comparisons of data ranges, cohort selection, and measure calculations. With unprecedented flexibility, you can configure the dashboard to suit your needs, evaluating and analyzing the measures you need.
When patient lives are on the line, it’s crucial to have the most cutting-edge data technology. Learn more about how dashboard solutions can help you today.