With 1,200 physicians, Mayo Clinic Health System is world-famous for its care delivery, drawing patients from across the globe to its flagship hospital in Rochester, Minn. Mayo is among several large academic medical centers participating in a collaborative data warehouse project sponsored by the American Medical Group Association. Running on software developed by Humedica, a clinical analytics vendor, the warehouse gives participating hospitals the opportunity to compare their own quality metrics against their peers and write individualized data queries as well.
When it comes to granting access to the analytics database, however, Mayo takes a measured approach. “We control the use and the release of any data,” says Alan Krumholz, M.D., vice president and director of quality outcomes. “If you let lots of people have access to data they don’t understand, you have chaos.”
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