from Tom Jamesleader in cloud services and healthcare solutions, 2nd clock
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You don’t need another story to get you to the cloud. This is old news for health executives who have long understood the need to restart the way their organizations operate in the digital age.

In the near future McKinsey study19 of the 22 healthcare leaders interviewed by the company describe digital healthcare solutions as “highly relevant” or “relevant” to their business. They understand it.

In fact, digital healthcare has already become the minimum bet on the table: 93% of healthcare organizations have a digital transformation strategy already in place or under development, according to BDO’s Study on Digital Transformation in Healthcare in 2021.

The COVID pandemic, despite the huge worldwide disruption, has actually accelerated those plans. BDO describes them as reaching a “rate of distortion” in their report, with 60% of respondents saying they have added new digital products as a result of the events of 2020. Meanwhile, 42% say they have accelerated some or all of their digital initiatives. transformation.

Strategic CIOs, COOs and other health leaders already know the value and need for the cloud amid so many changes and innovations. While many cloud migration and modernization projects are underway – and many more are just beginning – we are well above the point where the industry needs a “why cloud?” He explained.

Instead, we are approaching a new turning point, when best-in-class industry leaders will break away from the group. Those executives and their organizations who don’t move so much of their operations and data into the public cloud, simply because they can, but because they can obviously achieve better business and operational results once they’re there. It’s all about realizing the benefits.

These leaders share a keen focus on transforming their business with data and sophisticated analysis. Their heads are not in the cloud, so to speak; rather, they are constantly thinking of ways to use the technologies provided by major cloud platforms to achieve data-driven operations and advanced analytics much faster than would otherwise be possible.

They use the increased availability of data lakes in healthcare, AI and machine learning and other technologies to quickly transform their data, improve their ability to spot trends and models with predictable analysis and, of course, ensure and improve their security, governance, and regulatory compliance.

This is not without challenges, especially given the urgency of these initiatives and the critical importance of the core mission of healthcare. IT directors and other leaders continue to face budget constraints, integration problems (with older components of their technology packages), lack of skilled skills, security concerns and regulatory burdens, and major challenges in accessing, preparing and maintaining of their data and infrastructure.

These problems slow down the time to get value. They also help explain why more organizations are not further away. Only one in four respondents to the BDO survey (24%) say they use advanced analytics today, for example, and only 4% have adopted machine learning or deep learning algorithms in their operations.

That is why we are approaching a turning point: there are huge untapped opportunities for healthcare leaders, even when they are moving at full speed with their digital transformations. We just started.

However, health organizations need help to take advantage of these opportunities. The good news is he’s there. Leaders can use external expertise that can both accelerate their initiatives and shorten the learning curve of their internal team with new tools and skills. Given the ubiquitous nature of cloud digital healthcare today, third-party experts offer proven solutions and results that further accelerate their path to data-driven operations and advanced analysis. They also help healthcare organizations achieve their goals faster by unloading important but time-consuming requirements such as interoperability, compliance and security.

It is What and on how. Strategic health leaders are also deeply concerned about why. In short, it’s all about the results.

Data-driven healthcare operations can both improve patient outcomes – the most critical goal of all – while reducing costs. Advanced analytics can deliver this powerful combination in countless ways. Examples include reducing readmission in hospitals with more accurate prediction of acute conditions, improving telemedicine services, and optimizing staff with better use of patient data.

The data drives all this and more: Each of these benefits and many more exist in the vast amounts of information that healthcare organizations already have, but are often hidden. Healthcare information technology directors need to be able to quickly and cost-effectively transform their data treasures into meaningful information that has a positive impact on patient care and business performance.

Strategic leaders in healthcare will do both, relying on data-driven operations and sophisticated analysis to simultaneously improve patient outcomes and transform their businesses.

Data-Driven Healthcare Operations Will Transform Outcomes

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