Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 92

INTELLIGENT HEALTH “Health IT will need to bring data, applications, and analytics together in a meaningful way.” Data Lakes define the future of healthcare Roberta Katz, Director, Dell EMC Global Solutions, Healthcare – Life-Sciences, gives Intelligent CIO her opinion on how advancements in technology can improve healthcare for patients with changing expectations. W e are all part of the ‘Information Generation’ a growing community of digital citizens that puts the world’s information at our fingertips. As both patients and consumers of healthcare information, our expectations for preventative care and wellness, diagnosis speed and treatment, and disease management are changing. With these new possibilities, come new opportunities to close the gap between the promise and reality of big data analytics to increase efficiencies, improve patient-provider collaboration, and enable data-driven decisions. 92 INTELLIGENTCIO According to research by Dell Technologies, only 37% of the public healthcare sector is embracing the new digital wave. Yet evolving trends for digital transformation come at a time when healthcare organisations are already facing challenges to optimise their Electronic Health Record (EHR) and make the transition to value-based care reimbursement models. To succeed in this new accountable care environment, health IT will need to bring data, applications, and analytics together in a meaningful way using the next generation of predictive and prescriptive analytics technologies. Patients as consumers - empowered patients - are also asking for faster access to services, personalised experiences, 24/7 access and connectivity and access on more devices. In order for hospitals and health systems to adopt this digital mindset enterprise- wide, healthcare leaders say they will need to deliver against these five top business imperatives: • Predictively spot new opportunities: population health management, value-based care, patient-centred medical home • Demonstrate transparency and trust: treatment options and success rates, access to secure medical records • Innovate in an agile way: clinical research, clinical integration, Internet of Things (IoT) • Deliver unique, personalised experiences: 360 patient view, wearables, genomics, precision medicine • Be always-on, operating in real time: telemedicine, mHealth, medication adherence To embrace these business imperatives, healthcare leaders will need to use information in new ways – where the collection, analysis, and capitalisation of data becomes a core component of their business strategy. Healthcare providers need improved analytics capabilities to translate data into actionable insights to make informed decisions around business performance, patient engagement, and innovation.