What Works in Healthcare: Special Issue, July 2013

What Works in Healthcare 2013What Works is a comprehensive collection of case studies, best practices, and expert insight focused on business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW). In this special issue, What Works in Healthcare, read about BI/DW technologies and trends that are central to the healthcare industry today.


  • In-depth case studies
  • Lessons from industry experts
  • Q&A with the experts
  • Feature: “BI, Analytics, and the New Continuum of Care” by TDWI Research's David Stodder
  • TDWI Webinar: Actionable Analytics for Healthcare Providers
  • Excerpt from Laura Madsen's book, Healthcare Business Intelligence
  • TDWI articles about patient engagement and metrics, data governance in healthcare, and how data visualization tools can help the healthcare industry


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Using Analytics to Navigate Healthcare Reform

How are leading healthcare executives preparing their organizations for the future of healthcare? Key findings gained from SAS research reveal five strategic imperatives, which are summarized in this paper, along with valuable insights on how analytics can play a role to ensure success. Addressing each of the strategic imperatives will require investments in advanced analytics, data-driven tactics, and strategies that will improve clinical quality, reduce inefficiencies in care delivery, and optimize financial performance—even under the new payment models of healthcare reform.

Implementing Data Governance in Complex Healthcare Organizations: Challenges and Strategies

The fundamental challenge for healthcare providers is that too much information distracts from the goal of providing patient care. The common denominator—the unit of measurement in healthcare—is patient outcome and the ability to manage all the factors that influence well-being. Solid data governance practices enable the organization to get control of all of its moving parts, identify an individual patient, and track that patient from the doctor’s office to the ER, hospital, and home again. When data governance works, it can lead to improved patient outcomes and also change the very culture of the organization that institutes it. This paper illustrates how a successful data governance program will harness the energy of disparate IT initiatives and focus on the ultimate goal of patient-centric care.

Four Steps for Improving Healthcare Productivity Using Dashboards and Data Visualization

Four Steps for Improving Healthcare Productivity Using Dashboards and Data Visualization

When times are tough and budgets tight, healthcare organizations of all sizes need to use their resources wisely and produce value quickly. For healthcare teams, business intelligence innovation and key insights can yield significant value in both the short and long term. With data visualization as the critical function of business intelligence, hospitals gain quick insights for fast-changing environments.

Three Ways Healthcare Providers Are Transforming Data from Information to Insight

Three Ways Healthcare Providers Are Transforming Data from Information to Insight

Hospitals and clinics are teeming with data, whether it’s operations and financial data or quality metrics and patient information. If your data is not helping you solve your organization’s toughest challenges every day, then it is a drastically underutilized asset. Would you let a new hospital wing stand empty? Of course not. Don’t let your data off the hook either.