President Obama's push for electronic medical records will require a radical expansion in data warehousing. And since much of those records will be doctors' notes, analyzing that information will require significant investments in business intelligence, according to this BeyeNetwork piece.
Writer Laura Madsen, Health Care Practice Leader for BI vendor Lancet Software, says the biggest challenges will be using the data effectively and obtaining tangible results that outweigh the considerable costs.
She points to the Veterans Administration as a leader in using analytics to improve health care. She quotes this Washington Post piece on the topic, saying:
"Searchable computerized databases allow physicians to examine information collected across time and space." In addition, "They may also prove to be essential tools of research, allowing scientists to examine patterns of medical practice, drug use, complication rates and health outcomes."