It's a fascinating time to be in the healthcare field, watching and participating as technology changes to make a real difference in the cost and quality of patient care. Whether you're a person who needs access to quality healthcare services, a member of the healthcare team helping to provide them, or an IT expert, you're probably rooting for meaningful improvements, and hungry for stories that illustrate how the huge push towards EMR (electronic medical records) is worth it.
That's why you'll want to watch this YouTube video from a recent Information on Demand conference, in which Robert LeBlanc of IBM interviews Keith Figlioli, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Informatics at Premier Healthcare Alliance.
If you haven't heard of Premier yet, you probably will be hearing a lot more about them in the future. They're a for-profit corporation, partnering with non-profits in 40% of the overall healthcare market. They've integrated 30 IBM technologies, are responsible for 2.5 million real-time clinical EMR transactions each day, are involved with 1 out of 4 patient discharges, have $42 billion in annual purchasing volume, and deal with 25% of healthcare providers' labor and timekeeping data.
This video shows how Premier Healthcare Alliance is leveraging analytics to drive and improve the healthcare delivery process. Some of the real value drivers include integrated waste reporting (to reduce the huge cost of waste, fraud, and administrivia), huge collaborative power, and practice pattern analysis to help reduce the occurrence of hospital-acquired infections.
Heck, I'd call it a real win if they can actually help keep us from filling out that same paperwork over and over again, let alone have our medical data transferred seamlessly to another provider when necessary.