Hospital Corporation of America is wrapping up the first phase of an initiative to use real-time and near real-time analytics to better understand its clinical data. Organization representatives laid out early challenges and lessons during Health Data Management’s Healthcare Analytics Symposium in Chicago.

The project over time will become massive as HCA generates about 18 million annual encounters across its 164 hospitals and hundreds of ambulatory sites. The focus is on improving care while a patient is still in the hospital by giving physicians patient status data that is no more than four hours old and in real-time when available.

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