IBM debuts health analytics suite
IBM debuted its portfolio of Enterprise Health Analytics solutions for healthcare providers at the 2008 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla.

IBM said its Enterprise Health Analytics are a suite of services, infrastructure and tools that can be customized to the client-- from entry level, off-the-shelf analytics capabilities to custom-built data warehouses for academic and research settings. The services fill a void in data integration and intelligent analyses that currently pose a barrier to trans-formation in the healthcare industry, according to the company.

“We have witnessed an explosion of data and complexity in the healthcare industry over the past two decades. Hospitals moved to adopt electronic medical records; technology vendors delivered proprietary applications that captured and integrated discrete data to improve clinical processes; and the demand for clinical and departmental systems accelerated,” said Dan Pelino, general manager of IBM Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry.

“This is first announcement of a health analytics suite since IBM’s purchase of Healthlink in 2006. IBM has taken the time to integrate the two products of the two companies. Healthlink added to IBM’s health analytics portfolio,” Gina Jesberg, IBM representative, told Health Imaging News.

IBM said its Enterprise Health Analytics solutions can help meet providers’ needs and generate increased competitiveness by helping them leverage their data-rich environments, even where disparate systems exist, transforming the data into intelligent, high-value clinical, business and research information.  

“Based on IBM’s technologies, which is now integrated with Healthlink’s technologies, IBM can literally build interoperability into each enterprise and then take the data that is being generated anyway, and use the information to grow the institution, instead of hosting information that can’t interact,” Jesberg said.

The company also said it can leverage its strategic partnerships; its business intelligence in multiple industries; its high-performance and energy-efficient computing; and the movement to open standards and service oriented architecture to help provider clients address the dynamics of changing business priorities.