IQ Associates Develops Data Marts Sourced from Siemens’ Soarian® EMR; Helps Healthcare Providers Become Accountable Care Organizations

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IQ Associates has developed clinical and financial data marts sourced from Siemens’ Soarian® Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that healthcare provider reimbursements be tied to quality metrics in accordance with the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. Compliance with the ACO model requires that providers have ready access to statistical information derived from the EMR. In effect, compliance with the ACA requires that providers maintain data marts sourced from an EMR, or forego substantial percentages of reimbursements. The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the ACA has healthcare providers scrambling to develop or upgrade their clinical and financial data marts, and integrate them more closely with EMRs.

Accessing aggregate statistical information requires close integration between analytics tools and health information systems (HIS). But integrating with many HISs represents a significant challenge. HIS vendors hoping to provide end-to-end solutions have produced systems that don’t easily communicate with outside tools. In a recent New England Journal of Medicine article, health informatics experts Kenneth Mandl, M.D. and Isaac Kohane, M.D. contend that “lack of interoperability and standards with these systems have put the [HIS] industry’s innovation in a standstill.”

In this context, IQA’s successful implementation of a state-of-the-art data mart based on the widely-used Soarian EMR represents a significant breakthrough. IQ Associates, an IBM advanced partner, is uniquely qualified to help healthcare providers with their data management challenges. Based on extensive experience with data marts and the Soarian-based EMR, IQA has developed a customizable model that can be adapted to the needs of particular providers, streamlining their business processes and helping them quickly to achieve regulatory compliance.

About IQ Associates, Inc:

IQ Associates is a company founded to satisfy the business critical need for actionable business information. It specializes in helping clients with complex "Big Data" systems development, predictive modeling, and analysis that drive business decisions. IQ Associates has deep domain expertise in the Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Telecommunications industries.

The company has a history of developing innovative solutions using highly parallel grid and cloud based architectures with products such as IBM Netezza, IBM Infosphere DataStage, and Ab Initio.

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