Through its Healthcare Informatics division, provider alliance Premier Inc. offers a range of information technology services focusing on data analytics, and supply chain, infection control and labor management.
Keith Figlioli, recently appointed senior vice president of the informatics division, is looking for more ways to use Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier's treasure trove of comparative data from member hospitals. And he's looking to expand beyond the acute care setting to mine data across the care continuum of a community. "We've got to overlay our offerings across Web networks, including HIEs," says Figlioli, who came to Premier after more than six years at Atlanta-based Eclipsys Corp.
To reach these goals, Premier needs to become more automated and get all of its data feeds in real-time or near real-time, similar to its infection control product. In some instances, the organization receives data in files that must be uploaded to the databases.
Figlioli also is seeking to partner with vendors offering data integration and aggregation services to fold in Premier's data analytics technologies. He mentions Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. as two good examples for collaboration. The industry, he notes, is still in the early phase of putting in transactional systems, with analytics coming later.
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