A data lake for in-house insight
To meet those ambitious goals, Providence St. Joseph Health began its digital transformation by building a data lake to support its internally developed and branded Callisto application. The health system’s quality and process improvement teams use Callisto to develop insights on provider performance, hospital utilization, patient safety indicators, patient experience and outcomes, and other key areas.
Because parts of the organization already used Microsoft Azure, Providence St. Joseph Health designed its data lake on a Hadoop cluster running on Azure Virtual Machines. “We now have the scalability, performance, and modern data management tools to quickly analyze and report on patient data—at an affordable cost,” says Brett MacLaren, Group Vice President of Analytics at Providence St. Joseph Health.
Providence St. Joseph Health has also used advanced analytics to create a new provider attribution engine and improve risk-based outcome analysis tailored to its patient populations. The organization uses this data for internal benchmarking and quality control and, ultimately, for finding ways to improve care quality and patient outcomes.
Moving to Azure has also helped the health system get important insights into the hands of caregivers faster. “By bringing these analytics in-house, we’ve halved the time it takes to get important insights and reports,” says MacLaren. “Now, our caregivers don’t have to download data from each application and bring it together manually—they’ve got a single UI for self-service reporting based on centralized, up-to-date data.”