Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem has been building up its stable of homegrown analytics tools for the past few years, and it’s learned through trial and error that to be effective, analytic tools have to be visible—or more to the point, visual, says Ari Robicsek, M.D., the health system’s vice president of clinical analytics.

NorthShore—comprising four hospitals and 2,100 affiliated physicians, including a 900-physician medical group--is one of a handful of health system pioneers that is building homegrown clinical analytics tools and focusing on getting predictive analytics into the workflow. It recently rolled out a number of applications that are crunching massive, real-time data sets to come up with predictive analyses that enable staff to focus attention on patients at immediate and longer-term risk for health problems.

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