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Health systems are increasingly focused on analytics, survey finds

According to the survey, which included responses from 56 CIOs, CTOs and chief analytics executives at health systems, 70 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that their organization has a strategy and vision for analytics deployment across hospital functions.

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A new survey from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions found health systems are putting more attention on analytics than they were in 2015.

In late 2018, Deloitte surveyed 56 CIOs, CTOs and chief analytics executives from health systems. It conducted a similar survey in 2015, which involved 50 participants.

Today, more hospital leaders appear to have a game plan when it comes to analytics. In the 2018 survey, 70 percent of respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that their organization has a strategy and vision for analytics deployment across hospital functions. Only 40 percent said the same in 2015.

Additionally, since the 2015 survey, there has been an increase in the percentage of health systems that have implemented other analytics elements. Last year, 88 percent said they have a dedicated department to deliver analytics services to the enterprise, compared to 76 percent in 2015.

In 2018, 30 percent of respondents said their organization has a chief analytics officer or chief data officer. Only 12 percent said the same in 2015.

And 68 percent said their organization has a formal enterprise-level data governance process in 2018. Fifty-eight percent of the 2015 respondents said their system had one.

There are various reasons behind health systems’ investments in analytics. Approximately 89 percent of the participants in the 2018 survey said improving clinical outcomes is a driver of such investments, and 82 percent cited reducing operating costs/inefficiencies as a driver. Other top reasons included pursuing revenue growth opportunities, enabling value-based care/population health and supporting new payment models.

Overall, the 2018 survey found analytics will continue to grow in significance in the coming years. Thirty-six percent of participants said they think analytics is extremely important to their leadership today. A much larger portion — 84 percent — believe analytics will be extremely important to their leadership in three years.

This isn’t the only recent survey to explore healthcare organizations’ interest in analytics. A HIMSS Analytics survey, which was sponsored by software company Dimensional Insight, included responses from 110 senior leaders at hospitals and health systems, including CEOs, CIOs, EVPs/VPs of IT and CMIOs/CNIOs. The results show that while the majority of healthcare organizations — 92.7 percent — have an analytics strategy, less than one-third — 31.8 percent — have been executing on that strategy for some time.

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