I was encouraged to see you call out “exchange of information” as a key takeaway from this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference (“Opening communication”). It's a topic that seemed to come up in many conversations. The challenge is to transform vast amounts of data into useful, meaningful information that can help drive healthcare improvement and value through what we call clinical business intelligence.
HIMSS in the past year started its own Clinical & Business Intelligence group, with more than 2,800 members in just six months. This is exciting and long overdue. At the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, we are trying to spread similar lessons through our Clinical Business Intelligence Network, which rolled out its founding members in conjunction with HIMSS 2013. I would encourage industry leaders to look more closely at the state of business intelligence in their own organizations.
Julie BartelsExecutive vice presidentof national healthcare informationThedaCare Center for Healthcare ValueAppleton, Wis.