Working with Data
In God we trust. All others bring data.
—W. Edwards Deming
Data is an essential component of analytics, and working with and understanding data is a critical analytical skill. Due to its nature, healthcare data is often more complex than that in other industries. Despite this complexity, many analytical tools such as dashboards and reports use simplistic (or even incorrect) approaches to analyze and represent the data. This chapter will focus on the key concepts behind understanding and effectively utilizing data. Covered are data type common to healthcare and how to select appropriate analyses for various data types so that healthcare information analysts are able to extract the maximum information and value from collected data.
Data: The Raw Material of Analytics
Data is the raw material of information. Data is continuously generated as healthcare professionals such as healthcare providers, administrators, and analysts use computerized systems as part of their jobs, or enter data into databases as part of post hoc data ...