Amalga from Microsoft with a focus on business intelligence. Recently I posted relative to El Camino hospital in the silicon valley area also selecting Amalga for their new facility.
As well all know, integration services through out healthcare is moving quickly, as recently posted Kaiser, the VA, and DOD all doing trial and experimental runs on the exchange of patient chart information.
In addition to the exchange of records, the reporting processes of Business Intelligence enters the picture for hospitals to be able to see at any time of the day in real time, the current status of affairs, and some of this information, as an example when it comes to clinical trials, as many smaller non profit hospitals are now participants, is vital not only for patient treatment plans, but also offers additional potential revenue for the facility. The patient charts can be analyzed to see if in fact there are any potential candidates that could benefit and at least bring an awareness of the availability.
Clinical trial information is something this becoming an important function in healthcare today and access is needs at all levels, hospital, physician and patient, as well as bringing the investigator or firm running the trial into play too. For the entities running clinical trials on the other side of the coin, this serves to reduce the number of applicants that need to be filtered who may not possess all the attributes the particular trial is seeking.
That is just one example of how Business Intelligence is working in healthcare today and many hospitals are jumping on the bandwagon so they too can quickly obtain the information they require without time costing human time working with spreadsheets for days to obtain the same results. Here’s a related story on healthcare/biotech making use of Microsoft technologies as well. BD
The University of Washington's Institute of Translational Health Sciences and Seattle Children's Hospital will use the Amalga integration and data aggregation software of Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.
The hospital will use the technology to give real-time consolidated views of patient information from multiple databases. The hospital hopes to identify trends and relevant patients for clinical trials, and better manage hospital operations such as estimating a patient's length of stay.
The university expects to significantly expedite delivery of data sets to researchers. The software will pull appropriate data from university electronic health records, research laboratory and study data management systems. Researchers, for instance, will be able to determine if the university's patient population is sufficient to support a study testing a particular hypothesis.