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The future of health care: becoming strategic partners

August 30, 2016
From the August 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Service providers can help health care organizations generate high-quality information needed to drive care decisions. Smart systems not only ensure that data is generated, aggregated and analyzed, but also that it is presented in the clinical or operational context in order to be actionable.

Technological advancements help physicians provide better patient care through improved scan quality, earlier disease detection and more accurate diagnosis. Health care organizations will look to service providers to determine how technology and data analytics can help drive clinical quality and efficiency while maximizing patient satisfaction.

At an enterprise level, information about all devices, workflow, throughput and optimization of technical and operational parameters can be assessed and analyzed for continuous improvement, driving better efficiencies to inform the best care and operational decisions. A modern approach to enterprise data management plays the ultimate role in driving this transformation by integrating high quality information into the entire clinical and operational workflow.

Managing complex data is a challenge for providers that balance multiple priorities. Many hospitals and laboratories lack the appropriate tools and capabilities needed to turn clinical and operational data into useful, actionable insights. Service providers that offer digital services to collect clinical, financial and operational data from across the enterprise and apply actionable analytics to improve efficiency and patient care will be the partners of choice for health care providers.

Used properly, analytics will enable better work and treatment protocols, establish procedural consistency and drive broad-based, high-quality outcomes. Service providers must partner with health care providers and laboratories, providing data and insights to help them achieve efficiencies, protect operational and financial health, and ultimately, deliver better quality patient care. This is our shared goal.

About the author: August Calhoun, Ph.D., is senior vice president of North America Services at Siemens Healthineers.

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