As payment models increasingly shift from volume to value, Academic Medical Centers face additional pressures relative to their non-academic health system peers due to their unique mission of delivering patient care, teaching the next generation of providers, and pursuing medical research. Additionally, AMCs face challenges stemming from complex organizational structures, deeply rooted political and cultural sensitivities, and balancing cost-intensive teaching and research missions. Continue reading
I was recently asked about the influence of business intelligence (BI) in schools of medicine (SOMs), what the difference is between a data warehouse and a data mart, and which one of the two is better suited for an SOM.
SOMs have two choices to make in determining the overarching scope of the BI effort: a full-scale data warehouse or an academic mission- or department-specific data mart (or series of marts). A data warehouse integrates information from multiple information systems. Data marts, however, are specific to one subject area or system – for example, finance, research, or grants management – and are often smaller in size and scope than a warehouse.