Health Care DataWorks and OhioHealth Collaborate to Discuss EDW Deployment at AMIA 2013 Annual Symposium

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The EDW streamlines access to data and provides a single source of access to dashboards, reports and applications. We're excited to share our experiences... our hope is it will help others…develop and use information to improve health care.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Symposium, the foremost scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics research and practice, presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field. Health Care DataWorks, in conjunction with OhioHealth, has been selected to lead two poster sessions on the development of an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) in a large healthcare system. HCD president Dr. Jyoti Kamal, and Dr. Mrunal Shah, vice president of Information Services for OhioHealth, collaborated on this presentation and Dr. Kamal will present at the AMIA 2013 Symposium to be held November 16 - 20 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. HCD will also be exhibiting at booth 121 in the exhibit hall.

OhioHealth recently launched the development of an EDW as a high priority informatics service for data-driven, informed decision-making. Development efforts were accelerated through the adoption of HCD’s KnowledgeEdge™ solution for integrating clinical, financial, administrative and research data.

The first poster, “Streamlining Analytics: An EDW Story from OhioHealth,” will discuss the rationale for developing an EDW to provide a single source of truth for all data. It will include the steps necessary to support seamless access to information by potentially thousands of users, and the establishment of cross-functional governance committees to ensure that the EDW remains relevant to the information needs of the organization.

"The EDW streamlines access to data and provides a single source of access to dashboards, reports and applications,” said Dr. Shah. “It ensures that our nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals have the information and analysis they need to improve patient care, increase operational efficiencies, and eliminate workflow bottlenecks. We’re excited to share our experiences at this year’s Symposium, our hope is it will help others achieve similar goals—to develop and use information to improve health care."

The topic for the second poster grew out of the EDW initiative. In a targeted effort to reduce readmissions, OhioHealth utilizes an existing index (LACE) to create risk scores for patients likely to be readmitted. The readmissions dashboard, part of HCD’s KnowledgeEdge solution, will be used to provide insights into how well the risk scoring is working and what strategic initiatives are most effective to curb readmissions. The session, “Automating LACE Model Risk Scoring in an EDW to Reduce Readmissions,” will describe the LACE index and explore the subject areas within the EDW used to calculate the risk scores.

“The attributes required in the LACE model are already part of the EDW, and a report with the individual risk scores is automatically triggered when the EDW refresh is completed,” said Dr. Kamal. “Physicians can then access these scores on a daily basis to proactively manage patients at risk for readmission. We believe this is a valuable outgrowth of the EDW, and are eager to share this approach with AMIA Symposium participants.”

The two poster sessions presented by HCD and OhioHealth include:

  •     “Streamlining Analytics: An EDW Story from OhioHealth,” Nov. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
  •     “Automating LACE Model Risk Scoring in an EDW to Reduce Readmissions,” Nov. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.
Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit

About OhioHealth
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for seven years in a row, 2007-2013.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 22,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 17 hospitals, 25+ health and surgery centers, a hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Columbus, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital and OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at

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