I just finished watching a quick slideshow on the Health Data Management website, “Enterprise Analytics: Moving on Up” and as luck would have it, I also watched several sessions of the live Webcast from the Healthcare Innovation Day Conference 2014 in Washington, DC, sponsored by West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
While I was watching these, I was intrigued by the thought of how Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) can leverage existing solutions, combined with point solutions, to accomplish their reporting, analytics and beyond, and use interoperability wisely. One of the key learning points for me from these sessions was this: “Reframe the problem”….advice from Malcolm Gladwell’s keynote address.
How do we “reframe the problem” when it comes to ACO reporting and analytics? There are defined metrics that are required for these organizations, so how can we leverage existing systems to create these reports and analytics? Do we “build vs. buy”? Depending upon the organizational size, legacy systems and IT support, the decision can be difficult. What is good for one system may not work in another. So where do we start?
A strategic evaluation of current state and desired future state with the development of a road map may be a logical first step. Data Governance also needs to happen early on in the process to allow an organization to create data standards that will drive reporting and analytics. Once these steps have occurred, an organization can feel confident that they can make an informed decision to “build or buy.”