Analytics Magazine Analytics Magazine, November/December 2014 - Page 27

correlation exists between the cost and quality in healthcare. According to them, as the costs of providing healthcare services decreases, the quality of care improves … and vice versa. Better patient outcomes are determined by the coordination of care and timely intervention for the right patient. However, to do that effectively organizations need to share data, re-engineer workflows, work collaboratively and embrace analytical tools that can provide them with actionable clinical insights in real time, preferably at the point of care. Unfortunately, most organizations are stuck in the first fundamental step, i.e., sharing data. This is probably the biggest disappointment for the industry during the last few years. There is Hope, However. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is taking a keen interest in improving interoperability among various health IT vendors. To that end, the organization unveiled a 10-year plan in June for building a robust interoperable health IT ecosystem. According to ONC, an interoperability roadmap will become available within the next three years that will be based on scaling current health information exchanges (HIE) across various vendor platforms. Regardless of what political view we subscribe to, it will be unwise to be ƖWfP