Healthcare analytics has become an important area of specialty research in academic medical centers and healthcare systems nationwide. Many important policy and operational decisions in healthcare delivery require information on the entire distribution of outcomes of interest to develop new methods for improving efficiencies and outcomes related to patient care and cost control.
The introduction of electronic health records, together with better computational power and professionals who have the ability to organize, manage, and analyze data, is bringing together extremely useful information that was not available in the past. The ability to access and analyze such information will enable system-wide quality improvement and cost reduction in healthcare while significantly reducing the time to translate research results into practice. It is predicted that Healthcare Analytics will revolutionize healthcare and delivery in the near future, given the importance of population management in the new healthcare environment.