The digitization of the healthcare industry is happening fast. A significant result of this transformation from paper to electronic records is the proliferation of healthcare data. Databases are foundational to any use of data.
A healthcare database serves to replace the paper documents, file folders. The data is now more convenient and immediate. Healthcare databases are used as the foundation for running the many transactional systems flooding the industry.
Each health care organization may be large physician groups, hospitals, or health systems rely on a large number of databases. Significant advances in automation and standardization of business and clinical processes can be attributed to these applications and healthcare databases.
With healthcare databases, data can also be stored externally and backed up in a secure place to prevent data loss. And because front-end software can provide tip text and enforce data integrity, the back-end data can, therefore, become more standardized and accurate.
As the data is electronic, it can allow for quicker processing of typical transactions such as lab results, payment claims, etc. Traditional data warehousing, which solved some of the data integration issues facing healthcare organizations, is no longer good enough. The Health Catalyst Data Operating System helps healthcare organizations move beyond the data warehouse.