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  • 6-5-13 trends in healthcare biFor healthcare providers, a focus on harnessing the power of data intelligence is no longer optional. Organizations are now required to be more intentional and effective in their use of information to meet policy objectives and reach better outcomes in patient care, service and organizational performance. It’s more important than ever for integrated and collaborative relationships between providers, payers and all related services to work optimally in delivering the best care possible.

    Changes in technology are prompting major revisions in how healthcare-related organizations handle all users including patients. Leaders and decision makers in healthcare organizations need single-views to more data sources and be able to report on and analyze the data with increased depth and detail to ensure compliance and discover competitive insights. And more than ever, patients are conducting research on their own and using online sources and social media to access medical information and interact with providers. Additionally, mobile device usage is making the development of strong mobility strategies a top of priority.

    As a result of these rapid changes, there are many areas of business intelligence that are impacting healthcare. Here is a look at a few of the most discussed:

    BI for meeting strategic and policy objectives

    A lack of data integration and model coordination is one of the primary obstacles in the effective use of information by healthcare providers. Financial information, patient information and clinical information are typically siloed among their respective providers or departments. However, new and developing policy requirements are driving a push toward combining data and convergence on single or integrated data models.

    Self-service data discovery tools

    According to The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) research,  one of the hottest trends in business intelligence and analytics today is personal, self-service data discovery.  As data sources grow in size and availability, TDWI reports, doctors, clinicians, and other provider personnel, as well as analysts at payer firms, will need self-service analysis capabilities to do iterative, what-if exploration. The good news is that there are products available that increase these capabilities beyond simple dashboards and offer deeper, more detailed analysis.

    Data visualization and analysis technologies

    Data visualization will also play a critical role in harnessing the potential of stronger in-memory BI and analytics for healthcare. Non-technical users say visual representations of data is easier to grasp than dense reports and tables in daily operational decision-making about patient care and resource allocation. Visual dashboards can consolidate data and metrics from many different information sources into a single, regularly updated portals.  When widely deployed, they can effectively connect users across provider and payer enterprises.

    Social media networks

    Search engines, social media platforms, online healthcare information sources, and portals are all changing the way healthcare information is acquired. Patients often come to appointments having conducted their own research and treatment options. But they need more free, neutral, online destinations with quality information and interactions to talk about medical conditions.  A few examples of these types of social networks are Patientslikeme.com, PatientFusion and HealthTap.

    Mobile devices

    There are many applications on the market that help providers do their jobs well, but doctors and nurses gain even more value from having the ability to carry information on calls with patients and even share visualizations. Mobile data collection for patient care, disease management, and other areas are also producing big data from sensors, data readings from medical equipment, geolocation data, voice recordings, and other content.

    For more information on how Infovision can help your healthcare organization keep up with the changing landscape of healthcare BI, contact us an we’ll connect you with our team of business intelligence experts.

    Information Source:
    Ten Trends in BI and Analytics that are transforming healthcare

  • In the last several months, there’s been much ado about the future of wearable devices. If you’re not familiar with this term, wearable devices are the next generation of smart mobility — technology that goes where you go.

    By now, most of us are fully accustomed to, no matter where we are, logging on via our phones, tablets or laptops and responding to email, accessing documents or even conducting video meetings. Take that idea a step further and imagine being able to accomplish these tasks with devices that can be worn on your body. It’s certainly an idea we’re drawn to, but will it catch on? Major mobile solutions players like Google, Apple, Sony and other tech giants seem to think so, and to prove it, here are the devices they’re beginning to buzz about:

    Smart Watches

    Remember the calculator watches from the eighties — one of the early forms of wearable computing devices? Now think of all the functionality found in your iPhone strapped to your wrist. Pretty sweet. That’s exactly where smart watches are headed. And while early versions don’t have all the capabilities of a smart phone, they certainly do much more than addition and subtraction. While functionality varies among these new devices, many, using Bluetooth technology, operate as phones, cameras, navigation systems and run mobile apps that allow gaming, as well as playback of video and music files. All of this, within arm’s reach.

    Google Glass

    Perhaps one of the coolest wearable devices coming down the pike is Google Glass, which are worn like eyeglasses that display information right in the lenses and operate by voice commands. Its light weight, break-resistant design was developed to make it easy and practical to wear. According to the website for the device, you can take pictures of what you’re seeing in front of you, you can record video of what you’re seeing and you can even share it all live. And there’s more; it will translate languages for you and map out a path to find your way back if you get lost hiking.

    Smart clothing

    How about a t-shirt that measures your heart rate, respiration and skin temperature? What if that same t-shirt could also be customized to measure moisture in the skin and serve as a EKG monitor? These are the kinds of “smart fabrics” that are available now for consumers. There are even vest with built-in solar panels that will recharge any electronic devices the wearer is carrying. That’s smart.

    Smart fitness devices

    Health and fitness enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy more sophisticated wearable technology with gadgets that wirelessly transmit info to mobile apps or websites that keep up with daily activity, calories or even sleep patterns. Where older devices may have only tracked steps taken or how many calories were burned during a given period, new devices also take it to the next level by adding skin temperature and heart rate monitoring.

    Infovision and our expert team of mobile application developers work to stay ahead of emerging trends. Contact us and we can help your company determine what will keep your technology at the cutting edge of consumer wants and needs.

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    Information Resources

    Will 2013 Be the Year of the Smart Watch?

    Google Glass

    10 Wearable Health Tech Devices to Watch

    Wearable Medical Technology Set to Take Off

    Wearable Gadgets and the Future of Fitness

  • IT spending is big business.  How big?  Forrester Research projects that by the end of this year, spending on IT services will hit $3.8 trillion, with projected growth of 8.3% in 2013.  Gartner Research says that 350 U.S. firms will each invest more than $1 billion in IT during 2013.

    What’s driving this spending trend?  Much of the money is going towards the big four: cloud, mobile, social, and data analytics. Even as spending on hardware and software grows, companies remain cautious about hiring full-time, permanent employees.

    IT staff are being asked to design and develop new applications, support and upgrade existing infrastructure, and keep up with new technologies.  No wonder we’re constantly being asked to find highly skilled IT professionals with expertise in project management, analytics, and development – especially developers who can step in on short notice to help IT departments meet enterprise mobile, social networking and data center/warehousing requirements. Read more

  • At InfoVision, staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the evolution of enterprise IT is just business as usual.  That’s because we have to be prepared for the challenges our clients face even before they know they’re facing them – or we wouldn’t be able to deliver the depth of technology, industry expertise, and business knowledge that’s made us a global leader in our field.

    We don’t have a crystal ball, just the a fantastic team of professionals who are constantly reading the latest research from the analyst firms, talking to our customers, and tracking the myriad factors that affect how companies manage data and deliver mission critical services across the enterprise.  But every now and again, it’s time to predict the future, so here’s our list of the five trends that will cause the most disruption, require the most investment, and offer management the greatest reward during 2013. Read more