BI reports generated within health care usually are retrospective looks at cumulative data. But what if BI could be used to actually predict patient outcomes and risks, and steer clinicians to steps to provide even better care?

That's the question that Novant Health, a nine-hospital delivery system based in Winston-Salem, N.C., hopes to answer. For the last decade, Novant has been using data mining and analysis tools from MEDai. The health system has compiled benchmark data for 50 distinct disease states, says Jim Lederer, M.D., vice president of clinical improvement. "Our data is great, and helps us identify opportunities to improve care," he says. "But a better step would be predicting patient experience before it happened, rather than evaluating it after it happened."

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