Why Data Analysts Are Important In Healthcare

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In today’s modern age, there is an increased focus on the processes and the technology of quality. Many organizations already have data architects and data analysts. In fact, by the end of 2019, 50 percent of healthcare organizations will have dedicated resources for accessing and analyzing data. These roles use powerful analytic technologies to provide insights to decision-makers. As a result, this empowers frontline staff and analysts to collaborate using data that drives value and improves processes.

The overwhelming majority of healthcare workers will never directly write reports or analyze data. They rely on someone else to pull data, analyze it, and produce a report. With all of the changes in Healthcare, it is important to stay on top of patient satisfaction. Leaders of organizations recognize that poor patient satisfaction ratings lead to reduced reimbursements, which inevitably affects the bottom line. Organizations who leverage these professionals and technologies increases patient satisfaction and employee engagement.

Healthcare has experienced phenomenal growth in data

The field for healthcare data analysis only continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that careers related to data gathering, data interpretation, data storage, and the use of electronic health records are expected to grow by more than 15% through 2024. That’s twice as fast as the overall growth rate estimates for all other professions.

Data analysts get down to the heart of what matters. For example, the healthcare industry now captures demographic data as well as direct and indirect cost of delivering that care. It not only captures how patients feel about their care, but also a host of ancillary data like income, family history, and genetics. However, technology can only do so much. It’s necessary to have critical thinkers to process that data and produce reports detailing the critical information needed to help with a variety of clinical, operations, and financial decisions and how they affect patient outcomes.

If your healthcare organization is one of the hundreds seeking talented data analysts, or are looking to grow your career in this field, reach out to me and my healthcare team. We’re partnering with multiple hospitals to fill critical needs for this flourishing profession.