Allen Naidoo, vice president of Carolinas Healthcare Systems Dickson Advanced Analytics unit, says EMRs are only a first step, and that the chief problem with attacking most of the waste in healthcare is that so-called off-the-shelf technology solutions in healthcare that are aimed at solving short-term challenges in healthcare.
In other words, healthcare organizations have been reactive rather than proactive in their attempts to leverage technology to improve care and cut waste. "Now we are asked to merge clinical data with payer claims data to get a total view of the patient," he says. "With this collaborative, we can learn from each other and leverage the same technologies. I call it 'better together.'"
Indeed, such investments are expensive—one reason the four systems are banding together to address the issue. Carroll says the time for urgency on such big data solutions is now, because healthcare business cycles are lasting 18—24 months instead of a decade, as in the past.
"I have hundreds of people doing data management," says Carroll. "But they don't get to the insight/foresight aspect of what we're doing because they don't have the tools. We don't have enough gas left in the tank in our clinical and business models to go further. Put simply, we can't improve fast enough without this technology."
The collaborative seeks not only to solve the problems that exist today in healthcare, but to anticipate.