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Clinical Repository

“Data visualization is a general term that describes any effort to help people understand the significance of data by placing it in a visual context. Patterns, trends, and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognized easier with data visualization software.” 

Hitachi Clinical Repository (HCR) is an information management solution that transforms raw medical data and images into meaningful information, independent of the source applications. Leveraging the company’s leading intelligent data and storage management technologies, HCR creates a metadata repository based on any information system and gives healthcare providers a consolidated view of all relevant patient information. As a result, healthcare organizations can increase interoperability, significantly reduce costs while improving access to data, and better utilize electronic health records (EHRs) to meet important government healthcare initiatives.

Today’s healthcare facilities are faced with explosive growth in medical information and images from every clinical department. Most of this important patient data contains additional underlying data, called metadata, that is stored in a static, proprietary format inaccessible to other applications and therefore remains unutilized. Healthcare providers are under growing pressure to take full advantage of their data – and the application silos the data reside in – to optimize how they make important patient care decisions. Creating and managing a central, integrated metadata repository of patient information is an integral component of improving facility-wide data management. Unlike current Vendor Neutral Archives (VNAs) that focus only on medical images, Hitachi Clinical Repository consolidates all patient data, standardizes the formats across disparate applications, and then provides this data to EHR and portals in a single, unified view that can then be mined intelligently and distributed centrally and securely.

Doctors, clinicians, and researchers need uninterrupted access to their patients’ and projects’ clinical data, which is increasing at an exponential pace. The current infrastructure on which this secure data resides is siloed and not always application-aware. Difficulty finding, sharing, and analyzing specific information leads to lags in decision-making and less-than-optimal patient care.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act requires that all EHRs and health IT infrastructures be interoperable, while HIPAA mandates the privacy and security of any health information. These requirements are sometimes at odds, and traditional IT solutions do not address the underlying issues.

Couple that with an aging infrastructure, large amounts of data, and a formidable retention specification, and agencies have a serious data issue. Contact Houston-based NordStar Group and discover how HCR can streamline workflow, improve clinical care, and keep healthcare organizations compliant with healthcare regulations. Click here for more information on Vantara Clinical Repository.