What is Provider Data as a Service?

The overall concept of evolving data requirements for health care organizations is commonplace given the world of HIE and ExR platforms and incentives coming into every facet of the industry.

Over the past year, the challenges related to creating and maintaining current, accurate Provider information as a core shared data set within these electronic platforms has gained a lot more attention.  We have seen high profile Hospital CEO’s blog about it. We have participated in Federally funded industry work groups run by talented consulting groups struggle with the basic details of improving the process of sharing these important data sets.

Unfortunately, we have also witnessed huge EMR/EHR implementations being called into question by their medical staff due to the oldest problem in computing “bad data input equals bad data output.”

With 35 years of experience in the medical provider database industry FolioMed believes it has a responsibility to help our clients and the health care industry as a whole to eliminate the inefficient business processes and errors caused by inaccurate, out of date provider databases.  To that point FolioMed is working to move our clients and the health care industry as a whole towards an innovative model of delivery.

This new model of delivery can begin to be communicated using a term that we have coined: Provider Data as a Service.

Our definition for this term suggests an interactive, collaborative relationship between health care organizations, State- level government agencies, individual  physicians,  and trusted vendor partners in a proactive attempt to create real time or near real time updates to this most important data set.

There are a couple of challenges to building this vision of Provider Data as a Service.

1. Education is needed to expand the group of health care professionals who  understand the serious inefficiencies and problems associated with bad provider databases. Despite the heightened awareness of the Provider database issue, we continue to run into administrative types who believe that 75% accuracy is good enough.

2. A national, state, and regional perspective is required to move towards this vision of real time accuracy of provider databases.  For example, FolioMed is focused on 10 States across the the Northeast with a density of 200000 providers. However, the challenges faced by West Coast states as opposed to lightly populated states are very different.

3. Interestingly, the technical challenges are becoming less and less of an obstacle. The Data as a Service technology concept is being recognized and adopted by many of the largest corporations, organizations and investors in the world. As we know, health care has its own unique perspective when adopting new technology models.

We would like this blog as well as potentially other social media tools to become a place for more discussion, questions, and ideas on this concept of Provider Data as a Service.  FolioMed will commit to regular twice monthly blog posts on the topic. We will also share a couple of longer client use cases that we have developed.  We would like to hear from you and will quickly respond to any inquiries or relevant comments.

Remember to go to the Resources page and the Case Studies page for more information.

The FolioMed staff

November, 2011



7 Responses to What is Provider Data as a Service?

  1. ChrisL says:

    Good information,thanks!….understanding current, and historical, practice locations for a prescriber is important for sales & marketing …but crucial for compliance reporting.

  2. Jeffcart says:

    Yes, more and discussions are required on this topic. Only then people would take it seriously and think of ways to solve the problem. There is a long way to go but I hope there will be breakthroughs very soon.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Professionals associated with the healthcare have to understand the importance of accurate data. 75% accuracy defeats the purpose of having such a system. So, it is better to make people aware of this. Then they will comply to accuracy norm also.

  4. James says:

    We need to see the larger picture. The problem is not of a single state but of merging data from all the states and that too with 100% accuracy. We need a proper vision so that everyone is geared to set aside the differences and work towards providing real time provider databases.

  5. Jennifer86 says:

    Social media can play a huge role in holding more discussions and generating ideas. I personally would check your use cases and ask others to do the same. We can at least discuss the problems and try to find a solution fast.

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