Survey: Few Health Care Organizations Fully Use Data Analytics

April 30, 2015 in News

Just 10% of health care professionals think their organizations are using data analytics to its fullest extent, according to a survey by KPMG, Health Data Management reports.

The survey included responses from 271 health care professionals.

Survey Findings

According to the survey, 21% of respondents said their organizations’ data analytics capabilities are still in their “infancy” (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 4/30).

Specifically, the study found:

  • 28% of respondents said they are using such capabilities for data warehousing to track key performance indicators;
  • 24% said they are using data marts; and
  • 16% said they are using data in strategic decision making (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/29).

Respondents also highlighted several benefits to using data analytics. For example:

  • 34% cited business intelligence;
  • 27% cited improved clinical outcomes; and
  • 24% cited lower costs.

The perception of the value of data analytics varied among providers, payers and life sciences companies. Specifically:

  • 56% of life sciences respondents said business intelligence was the greatest benefit;
  • 35% of payers said the greatest benefit was lowering costs; and
  • 32% of providers said improving outcomes was the greatest benefit, while 29% said business intelligence (Health Data Management, 4/30).

Meanwhile, respondents also highlighted several barriers to data analytics. For example:

  • 37% cited silos of unstandardized data;
  • 17% cited a lack of technology infrastructure; and
  • 15% cited skill gaps (Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/29).
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