Dignity Health’s data repository defines big—every night it grows by some 500 GB. Encompassing 39 hospitals across four western states, Dignity (the former Catholic Healthcare West) is using that data warehouse to create an analytics infrastructure to drive quality improvement efforts among an initial group of 600 physicians, themselves scattered across disparate locations.

Spanning 3 million patients, the database has information feeds from a number of feeds, including ambulatory EHRs, claims systems, and surgical systems in place at Dignity’s inpatient hospitals, says Dennis Sweeney, program director. “We are building a multi-tiered, relational database that includes patient demographics, patient encounters, labs, test results, vital signs, and radiology reports,” he says. (Sweeney will describe the data warehouse and analytics projects and their many challenges at Health Data Management’s forthcoming Healthcare Analytics Symposium & Expo, July 15-17 in Chicago. For more information about the event, click on www.healthdatamanagement.com/conferences/hcs/).

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