Identifying Performance analytics/Business Decisions
Yes, analyzing data allows stakeholders in an organization to gain performance insights, but BI tools allows for so much more. Power BI allows users to gain insights that can guide business decisions and help improve the future within an organization. With the amount of data that needs to be communicated from one facility to another and among multiple different groups that rarely interact directly, it’s critical that this information is easy for anyone to read and digest especially when it comes to sensitive patient data or overall trends to keep hospitals running efficiently. During a pandemic, understanding the amount of supplies the hospital has, the number of patients going in and out of the facility, etc. is critical data that should and can easily be realized with a BI tool.
A tool such as Microsoft Power Apps is a suite of applications, services and data platform that provides a solution for custom business apps. Power Apps has the ability to connect the necessary business data that needs to be shared among different departments or people either online or with an on-premise data source. With a large organization that might use a hybrid cloud model for data storage, this is a key feature. By building custom apps with Power Apps, it helps streamline and improve operations by allowing developers to integrate external data and apply business logic. Power Apps enables an organization to modernize and automate processes again without having to be a data scientist.
Power Apps comes with features that help businesses create apps that don’t require any coding that includes sample apps, an easy drag-and-drop interface, and a library of connectors to integrate data and systems to get the most value out of the app. Organizations within the health care industry can work with Power Apps to do the following:
- Log necessary patient data and results
- Building standard documentation based off of necessary criteria
- A system to ensure the proper medical tools, devices, and supplies are stocked and available
- Marketing automation tools in order to do the necessary follow up with patients and provide additional care.
With the amount of sensitive data that is being collected and transmitted with these tools, it’s a no-brainer to also consider the need for strict privacy regulations to help avoid any data breaches.
Avoiding Data Analytics Pitfalls
With all of the benefits that come along with collecting data throughout an organization, being aware of the pitfalls is another consideration. One of the biggest issues with BI integration is that stakeholders don’t consider the existing architecture. With Power BI’s flexibility and features, integration is pretty seamless and is a scalable solution, but identifying the existing systems and how data is currently stored is key to being able to take advantage of all of the features Power BI offers. Realizing the power behind these tools is exciting, but another common pitfall is being on a fast-track with implementing a BI solution and not setting up enough time for training and development. As the saying goes, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Just like implementing any other new process or technology to the workflow, allowing users enough time to train and acquire the necessary skill sets needed to use the BI software effectively is essential. Doing this will help ease any resistance and ensure that the overall goals with these tools are achieved. As goals change and the software develops throughout each stage of the implementation, ongoing training is absolutely necessary. This leads to the next most common pitfall, data report complacency. For example, with the health care industry that has certain trends that need to be tracked during certain times of the year (i.e. flu season), management may want to pivot the datasets to track how many patients are being diagnosed with the flu and the amount of vaccinations being given. As operations change, so should your data analysis.
There’s no question that data analysis can revitalize many industries. Tools like Power BI and Power Apps have the ability to give critical information to everyone in an organization whereas before, they might have been operating blind to inefficiencies. During a catastrophic event…like a pandemic…data analysis with the right tools shouldn’t be a luxury, but absolutely a necessity.