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Jefferson Health utilizes Qlik for analytics support

Philadephia, Pennsylvania-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health are leveraging Qlik‘s capabilities to improve patient care through data analytics.

Specifically, TJU and Jefferson Health are utilizing Qlik Sense, a flexible product geared toward assisting with data visualization. Through Qlik Sense, the organizations can centralize large amounts of data and make decisions based on the information gathered.

“Healthcare organizations such as Jefferson Health are recognizing that their ability to drive innovation, value and market share directly from their information is what sets them apart from the others,” Brad Copeland, vice president of Qlik, said in a statement. “Having analytic capabilities at the ready enables healthcare systems to see the whole story that lives within their data, which, at the end of the day, enables them to improve the care provided to their patients.”

In a phone call with MedCity, Mouneer Odeh, vice president of enterprise analytics and chief data scientist at TJU and Jefferson Health, commented on the background behind the relationship.

“When I joined two years ago, Jefferson was not very advanced in our analytics maturity processes,” he said.

So Jefferson took a closer look at what can enable better analytics. As Odeh noted, the answer is threefold: people, processes and technology.

From a technology perspective, Qlik was the ideal partner.

“Qlik was a very attractive solution for us,” Odeh said. “It allowed us to build solutions and deliver them to our customers.”

Jefferson wanted to be able “to deliver insights to our broad user base, but do it in a way through which they don’t necessarily know they’re leaving the EHR to access information,” Odeh noted. And with Qlik, Jefferson was largely able to accomplish that seamless integration.

Additionally, Odeh said Qlik is a versatile and agile tool. “With Qlik Sense, Qlik had matured to think of this as an enterprise platform,” he said. “That was also in line with the way we wanted to think of enterprise analytics.”

Looking ahead, TJU and Jefferson Health plan to continue to improve their analytics abilities. Not only are they hoping to integrate with other organizations with which they’ve merged, but they’re also working on approaching more advanced analytics tools.

Beyond Qlik, Jefferson is also making moves when it comes to broader analytics. For example, Jefferson recently developed a sickle cell disease patient management solution, through which it was able to leverage aggregated data to ultimately reduce inpatient visits, emergency department visits and missed appointments for SCD patients.

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