Providence Health & Services expands data platform deployment

March 19, 2013 in Medical Technology

Providence Health Services, the not-for profit Catholic health system, plans to expand its roll-out, across its 32-hospitals, of a data warehouse platform and analytic technology from Salt Lake City-based Health Catalyst.

With more than 64,000 employees and 3,000 employed physicians serving communities in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington, Providence is expanding the deployment in hopes of further driving down costs and improving clinical outcomes.

“Hospitals have immense amounts of complex data in separate applications that they need to rapidly transform into clinical and financial insights, and we are pleased to have helped Providence achieve that goal,” said Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton in a press statement. “With this latest expansion, we’re excited to help decision makers across more clinical areas within the Providence network more quickly identify problem areas, prioritize needed changes, and develop evidence-based metrics and goals to transform and improve patient care.”

The data warehouse platform normalizes disparate data sources and enables rich meta data management that facilitates data access, discovery, analysis and reporting, say Health Catalyst officials. Unlike other electronic data warehouse technologies, this platform employs so-called late-binding bus architecture, which delays making dramatic changes to the data drawn from source applications, such as Providence’s Epic EHR, until clinicians have had time to review it and form hypotheses.

This approach is faster and more agile than traditional “early-binding” EDWs, officials say. It also addresses the need for clinical analysis of near-real time information to track and improve care for whole populations of patients. 

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