So, your employer, ABC Healthcare Provider Company, has rolled out new initiatives for 2018 and those include big investments in big data and implementation of latest and greatest tools for business intelligence!
How’s that going to affect you and your job? Is this a threat or an opportunity for you? How can you help your company avoid pitfalls? How can you seize the opportunities presented by investments in big data analytics and business intelligence tools implementation for your career growth?
Sure, like every healthcare organization today, your employer is using some type of digital patient data management system to make patient data readily accessible to medical care practitioners, diagnosticians, pharmacists and related professionals. You are aware that managing, processing, and understanding healthcare data is challenging, costly and demanding. There are two additional challenges presented by big data implementation:
(1) Collecting the data from multiple sites over a long period: Your data sources will increase along with data formats, especially if your organization chooses to import data from wearable and other health monitoring products.
(2) Using data to draw a conclusion or show causation: BI tools are implemented so you can glean intelligent insights from your data and use these insights for efficient patient care.
There are opportunities in each of these fields for people interested in the field of data analytics and business intelligence. Your organization must treat data as a strategic asset and put processes and systems in place to access and analyze the right data to inform decision-makers and drive actionable results. In short, to thrive and grow, your healthcare organization must become significantly more data-driven.
Creating a roadmap or incremental approach to (1) assess data sources, (2) develop an information strategy, and (3) implement a flexible and scalable big data platform with clinical and advanced analytics capabilities will go a long way towards getting the most benefits. Your organization will also need a plan to create a BI competency center, keeping in mind your existing analytical tools and capabilities and projected future need of data for decision making. There is a rise of SaaS business intelligence tools that are answering the demand. Your organization will need experts who can implement and use new SaaS business intelligence tools. This will be a new career opportunity for you!
The skills required for implementation of big data and business intelligence in healthcare are scarce. So you might want to consider training current employees on the use of BI capabilities. Your organization, like other healthcare providers, may struggle to find the right analytics experts, especially those with a healthcare background, who can apply big data analytics to assess healthcare operations. It will be a prudent thing to establish a relationship with mature, experienced organizations like GDI Infotech to make sure you can bring experts on your team right when you need them.