Information Builders Updates Health Care Data Management Platform

Omni-Patient provides a 360-degree view of mastered subjects, their origin from source records and their history over time.

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Business intelligence and analytics specialist Information Builders announced an update of its Omni-Patient offering, an information management solution that integrates and cleanses disparate sets of health care data, including multiple electronic medical records (EMRs) as well as financial and HR systems.

Omni-Patient provides a 360-degree view of mastered subjects, their origin from source records and their history over time.

The platform also includes views over that repository to facilitate business intelligence and analytical use of the data.

"Even with all of the health technology out there, healthcare organizations struggle to get a single view of their patients," Jake Freivald, vice president of product marketing for Information Builders, told eWEEK. "Maybe there's more than one EMR involved, or they can't get visibility into outpatient or community care, or they can't connect the dots between their EMRs and other business systems. Sometimes they have a pretty good view of individual patients, but they can't effectively relate that to overall population health, costs, reimbursements, or outcomes."

He explained Omni-Patient enables them to on-board information from community, payer, and other sources, bring it together with their health IT and business systems, and get a true understanding of each patient, hospital and physician.

The latest version of the solution concentrates on product features designed to reduce the cost and duration of products’ implementation cycles, including simplification of integration tasks and methodologies, improved performance, and increased ease of data stewardship and data quality operations.

"Data management helps doctors and healthcare organizations avoid relying too much on instinct and anecdotal information," Freivald said. "Without data management, doctors don't get as complete of a view of their patients, and healthcare organizations have a hard time analyzing how to get the best outcomes for populations as a whole--as well as the costs and reimbursements associated with getting there."

He said with data management, health workers can improve their view of individual patients as well as populations.

"That means doctors and patients can choose courses of treatment that best suit the patient, based on outcomes they've seen across the population," Freivald explained. "Meanwhile, health care organizations can support those decisions while having confidence that they'll lead to better outcomes with contained costs across the population as a whole."

The latest release also includes a number of enhancements to the repository data model, including additional data subjects and elements, as well as more powerful structures for handling codes and code sets, which are prevalent in health care systems.

"Every industry right now is trending to finer granularity for every type of data," Freivald said. "That will include clinical data, at-home health monitors, Fitbits, you name it. It will include the same stuff we've always collected, but at more frequent intervals. It's hard to tell where it will grow, but it will grow."