Medical Data Analytics and Its Impact on Patient Outcomes


Everywhere you look these days you can find articles on how data analytics is leveraged by businesses to optimize their performance, better understand their customers, better understand their employees and make overall better business decisions. Individuals for personal day-to-day decisions such as which phone to buy, which restaurant to frequent, or which car gives the best bang for your buck also leverage data analytics. The process is actually quite simple, you sort through the appropriate available raw data to identify meaningful patterns – these patterns provide the information needed to make

Data analytics is also valuable to the medical community. As mentioned in my previous blog, hospitals have been mining patient data for years. According to an article on Wolters Kluwer, Improving Patient Outcomes through Medical Data Analytics, we, as a society, have been creating healthcare data at a rate of 2.5 quadrillion bytes daily. Analysis of this raw medical data can be pivotal in improving patient care by helping clinicians statistically drive clinical decisions as well as supporting patient care teams by analyzing the raw data and providing data-driven care recommendations.

Picis offers reporting and analytics capabilities within the application to provide up-to-the-minute information to assist clinicians in near real-time critical decision-making. Our sepsis screening tool uses data analytics to allow hospitals to setup a sepsis notification that will trigger in our application if 2 of 3 variables are met that are typical variables that denote a patient is at risk of becoming septic per hospital protocol. When sepsis rules are met, a red notification beacon displays in the patient band. Once the icon is clicked, a popup window provides basic information regarding possible sepsis detection. With the potential for sepsis symptoms being fatal for patients, early detection and action are vital.

From Network Health Care Systems to VA Medical Centers and all other medical facilities, Picis Envision empowers hospitals with timely data and analytics to help administrators and clinicians make informed decisions which lead to improvements in departmental operations, clinical documentation, and financial results. Picis Envision OR Manager provides key performance indicators for the surgical encounter. Perioperative service directors and others have one source of “truth” for block utilization; case costs and times; the impact of surgeons, services and procedures; and stock items and implants. Dynamic drill-downs and filtering enable OR leadership to see what is going on behind the numbers. For enterprise deployments, multi-facility analysis is built-in, so users can benchmark and monitor the business performance of different sites.

With more and more information being tracked on a daily basis, healthcare providers and executives are able to gain insight into trends that can help support financial and clinical goals for healthcare facilities.

About the Author

Sonia Nagel, Vice President, Professional Services

During her time at Picis, Sonia has enjoyed working with numerous customers and coworkers to improve project management processes and customer experiences. Sonia comes to us with a hospital background and brings with her more than 20 years of Health Information Technology experience, the last 12 of which were spent focused on Application Support, Implementation and Customer Success.

In addition to her experience, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technologies, a PMP (Project Management Professional), RHIT (AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician) and a CHTS (AHIMA Certified Healthcare Technology Implementation Support Specialist).

Sonia believes that every day affords an opportunity to learn and grow both personally and professionally and she appreciates all that she learns from her customers and coworkers. When Sonia isn’t at work, she is often going for a run, a bike ride or hiking with her family and friends..