IBM recently announced a new ground-breaking, comprehensive portfolio of health analytics solutions for health systems. IBM’s Enterprise Health Analytics harness the power of massive information generated by today’s healthcare industry by converting it into new, data-driven intelligence. This rich source of clinical and business insight can bring strategic differentiation to health systems by giving them unprecedented knowledge about their operations, patients, and effectively all aspects of their businesses. IBM’s Enterprise Health Analytics are a complete suite of services, infrastructure, and tools that can be tailored to the needs of any client-from entry level, off-the-shelf analytics capabilities to custom-built data warehouses for academic and research settings. The solutions fill a significant void in data integration and intelligent analyses that currently poses a major barrier to transformation in the healthcare industry. “We have witnessed an explosion of data and complexity in the healthcare industry over the past two decades. Hospitals moved to adopt Electronic Medical Records. Technology vendors delivered proprietary applications that captured and integrated discrete data to improve clinical processes. And the demand for clinical and departmental systems accelerated,” said Dan Pelino, General Manager, IBM Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry. “IBM’s Enterprise Health Analytics solutions meet health systems’ urgent need to convert this discrete data in ways that meet growing demands from employers, health benefits companies, consumers and governments to publicly report quality, clinical outcomes, cost of care and compliance to standards.” At present, most major health-system organizations have adopted a variety of proprietary, disparate processes designed and optimized for transactional performance. These departmental and transactional systems inhibit health systems from having an enterprise view and the ability to quickly respond to changes in the market, such as pay-for-performance and quality reporting. What they require is an integrated system that enables data aggregation and analysis, the results of which are applied in clinical and business settings to dramatically improve quality outcomes.