What healthcare orgs. need to know before implementing Big Data

Shiraz Rehmani, Slalom Consulting

Shiraz Rehmani

Co-authored by Shiraz Rehmani and Sameer Attharkar

Several would argue that the healthcare system is on a trajectory that is unsustainable due to increasing pressure to improve outcomes and patient care; reduce inefficiencies; rein in rising costs; and improve transparency and overall collaboration. Read more of this post

How analytics and data visualization can transform patient safety

Carrie Steyer, Slalom Consulting

Carrie Steyer

In a joint presentation at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Las Vegas on March 31, we’re joining forces with Advocate Health Care to talk about the approach, challenges, lessons, and impact of providing the right people with the right data in the right format for your organization. We’ll share how analytics and data visualization transformed patient care and safety for Advocate, and how it can empower your organization, too.

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Slow down, life sciences: why the industry’s not ready for consumer technologies in clinical settings

Frank Traina

Frank Traina

The life sciences industry is changing at a remarkable rate. While many companies specializing in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical products and devices have embraced consumer technologies, others stand uncertainly at the gate, weighing the price of entry. As my colleague Sameer noted, the opportunities are numerous, including improved patient care, lower TCO, greater productivity, and compliance with regulatory and consumer demands. But as many companies are learning the hard way, there are also significant barriers to adopting consumer technologies in clinical settings. Read more of this post

Key takeaways from HIMSS 2014

Emily Borlik

Emily Borlik, National Healthcare Practice Area Director

Over 30 of us from across 5 of Slalom’s markets recently attended the annual Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Orlando, FL. HIMSS is the premier professional society for health IT, and its annual conference is host to nearly 40,000 industry experts. HIMSS has grown in size and relevance over the past decade as the healthcare industry has focused its attention on EHR implementation, data collection, and predictive analytics, in large part due to legislation and the Affordable Care Act. Read more of this post

3 reasons the life sciences industry is ready for disruptive technology

Sameer Attharkar

Sameer Attharkar

Traditionally, the life sciences industry has been a conservative adopter of information technology, but the last several years have introduced the most dramatic shake-up the industry has seen in decades. Now healthcare companies stand at a crossroad: adopt new technologies or risk being left behind, with consumer technologies leading demand. In parallel, there’s also a tremendous change happening in how healthcare companies do business, with the lens zeroing in on the patient. Put both the shifts together, and what you see is one giant inflection point. Companies that can catch the wave promise to reap the benefits. Read more of this post

Healthcare leaders: do you have hidden ROI?

Sarah Korf Dill

Sarah Korf Dill

In a joint presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in Orlando on February 24, 2014, Advocate Health Care and Slalom Consulting are challenging healthcare leaders to discover their hidden ROI. Slalom and Advocate will share how one of the nation’s top 10 health systems, and the largest integrated healthcare system in Illinois, achieved dramatic business and clinical results from a unified communication and collaboration initiative—and how other healthcare organizations can, too. Read more of this post

Slalom Tableau Showdown delivers key Medicare insights to Provider CIOs

Kyle Roemer

Kyle Roemer

It’s no secret that the United States is facing increasing healthcare costs, but how do the costs of common procedures and provider plans vary across our states and cities? The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released US Medicare Provider Charge data, which highlights charges by procedure across providers in the United States. Read more of this post

Why Projects Succeed: Transformation Initiatives Facing Healthcare Organizations

Why Projects Succeed is a blog series in which Slalom Business Architect Roger Kastner sheds light on key factors behind the art and science of successful project management and invites readers to discuss how they apply across different environments.

Slalom Consultant Roger Kastner

Roger Kastner is a Business Architect with Slalom Consulting who is passionate about raising the caliber of project leadership within organizations to maximize the value of projects

Darryl Price, Slalom Consulting’s Healthcare Practice Leader, and I recently sat down to talk about the transformation initiatives that every healthcare organization is facing and we discussed the top three project success factors for these large-scale initiatives: Executive Sponsorship, Project Leadership, and Organizational Change Management. Our conversation was published recently in Washington Healthcare News. Check it out!

Follow Up to HealthVault Article

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

I wrote recently about a new deal in progress with the US Government and Microsoft HealthVault.  It can be found here.  It seems as though MS isn’t sparing any horses and keeping the investment going.  Mary Jo Foley, whom I follow quite closely in the blog-o-sphere let loose the announcement today (link here) about a new SharePoint based connector for HealthVault that will help doctors and pharmacies better coordinate care for individuals.  This HealthVault Community Connect tool will allow participating hospitals to submit relevant paperwork to HealthVault for better consumer access.  This is a fantastic idea!  Pre-registration is also an option but it just lends itself to an ongoing compelling story with Microsoft about some of the great uses for the healthcare industry.

Microsoft HealthVault and the Gov?

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

MS announced today along with the Man that they were going to be in partnership together with HealthVault.  You can read the press announcement here.  Normally, you wouldn’t find a bigger Microsoft fanboy than myself, but I have to question the wisdom of this partnership on two fronts, both personal, not technical.

  1. I’m not necessarily opposed to story the complete medical history in electronic format.  In fact, it could very well be that such a solution would go a long way toward reducing medical costs.  Just imagine the reduction in errors and dead trees if all of my medical life was stored online.  However, I’m not convinced this should be the purview of a for profit business like Microsoft (or Google for that matter which has their own competing product).  Were it to be the purview of anyone, I would think the government directly or a non-profit.
  2. I don’t know if it is a good idea that the federal government provide such an endorsement of a product in the private sector by partnering in a manner like this.  While I am 100% certain that HHS will get adequate assurances of privacy and integrity from Microsoft, the Health Vault service is not compatible with Google’s thing, which could be seen as some as another lock in when the administration is making great strides to have an open system of data records (think data.gov).

Anyways, interesting story, huge win for MS but not so sure it’s a good idea.

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