There is an unquenchable thirst for information in hospitals today. In addition to financial and revenue cycle information, we need to make our service departments run more efficiently, monitor quality more closely, utilize resources more fully and streamline patient flow. So the demand for dashboards, graphs, grids and reports is higher than ever. And we need a way to prioritize the backlog.
Polaris’ expertise can tackle your backlog and boost your information flow. That means quicker reporting across your entire organization.
But report and analytic projects have different characteristics from traditional IT projects such as application development, software purchase and implementation projects.
Effort = Traditional IT projects are usually measured in person years while development of a report is usually measured in person weeks. Although each report may be smaller in size, there are many more of them.
Data Dependency & Availability = one of the largest differentiators is the extreme dependency that reports have on good quality data. After all, the definition of reports & analytics is to turn large and often highly complex data sets into meaningful information from which decisions can be made. Without data there is no success. Traditional IT projects may have little or no dependency on data outside if HL7 interfaces and often generate data as an output.
Requirements = Traditional IT projects tend to be complex with lengthy lists of requirements. Reports & metrics tend to have more focused requirements.
Interdependencies = Many traditional IT projects stand on their own with plans and phases and progress that is tracked by management. Reports & metrics; however, are often a byproduct of a major project or initiative. For example, requests for reports may be generated by business decisions, process improvement projects, physician affinity, compliance monitoring or utilization tracking initiatives. Even traditional IT projects can generate a need for report development.
These differing characteristics for reports & analytics call for an approach with low overhead and a keen focus on data and interdependencies. Here are some suggestions:
This is where Polaris Strategic Solutions can help. We can tackle your backlog and boost your information flow. We are a comprehensive service that works as an extension of your IT staff and we are experts at report writing and data analytics for hospitals. Contact us today at 610-355-2480 or info@PolarisStrategic.com for a quick demo.