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Analytics in Healthcare and the Life Sciences: Strategies, Implementation Methods, and Best Practices by Thomas H. Davenport, Dwight McNeill

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17. Overview of Healthcare Analytics Best Practices Across the Ecosystem

Dwight McNeill

Analytics in healthcare is old and new. Science has been a strong underpinning of healthcare in the research devoted to the discovery of causes and treatments of disease. However, delivering this knowledge from the bench to the bedside to optimize the care of every patient has been an ongoing challenge. Although treating sickness, that is, the interaction between a patient and her caregivers, is the raison d’être of healthcare, the industry is more complex than that. The American way of healthcare requires large doses of payment, finance, regulation, research and development, and administrative and business supports. Healthcare is a huge part of the U.S. economy, ...

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