Data Warehousing Solutions and Internet Initiatives in the Disease Management Era: Important Issues to Consider
Clinical knowledge and information technology play a major role in the success of disease management programs in achieving improvements in financial and clinical outcomes. The multi-dimensionality and complexity of data needed to run these programs efficiently make information management an important aspect to consider. Disease management clinicians, case managers, nurses, other providers, analysts, managers, and medical directors are constantly using financial, clinical, operational and other data, increasing significantly the demand for information in organizations. Also, with the Internet disseminating critical information among healthcare providers and patients in a more efficient way, careful adoption of new technologies and ideas is required. Consequently, disease management programs are constantly presenting new technical challenges for healthcare companies. Lacking the proper information systems structure to meet these demands can result in business productivity losses reflected in disease management programs not achieving their goals of cost savings and patient health quality improvements. An efficient disease management data warehouse is an important tools to organising and distributing information.
Disease management programmes, Electronic information services, Pharmacoeconomics
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