Digitized health records provide good base for analytics
Healthcare data analysis can take many forms, due to the the diverse types of information at play in the medical field. According to EHR Intelligence, even anesthesiology, where most of the information in question is still stored in paper records, can be transformed by well-applied data mining processes.
Scanning files and using the resultant unstructured data to derive insight is a relatively recent innovation. Analytics expert Jim Alexander told EHR Intelligence that, to build a workable database, providers must scan a wide range of billing forms. He predicted the market would remain that way for some time due to the low cost and ease of use behind paper files.
Once the anesthesia records have been digitized digitally reproduced, standard analytics best practices take over. Alexander told the source that users in the industry harness data to determine quality of care and create industry standards and benchmarks directly from the information.
Healthcare data processes are especially advanced in localities with advanced health record systems already in place. According to the Vancouver Sun, British Columbia’s rapid adoption of electronic health records has helped the Canadian province develop advanced analytics programs for patient data with authenticating details removed.