Modern data analysis systems such as Microsoft’s Power BI are not just the domain of large companies, banks and business organisations. Increasingly, they are also used in the healthcare sector. They help to streamline both medical procedures and administrative activities.

Business intelligence tools in medicine

Modern information technologies are a reality, which also applies to the health service. Gradually, advanced solutions are being introduced to support doctors and medical administration staff in their daily work. These include electronic medical records, e-prescriptions, e-referrals services or the development of telemedicine.

Modern data analysis systems, i.e. BI (Business Intelligence) tools known from other industries, are also being implemented more and more widely. Information and conclusions drawn from processing large amounts of information can significantly improve clinical decision-making processes and patient care. Widely applied data analysis thus contributes to increasing the effectiveness of treatment, shortening its duration and reducing the costs of medical facility operation.

Data analysis in health care

The benefits of implementing advanced business intelligence systems in medical institutions can be considered on at least three levels.

Streamlining doctors’ workflow with BI

The first is to streamline the work of individual doctors and entire teams by easily accessing and sharing data on the patients’ health status. Systems such as Microsoft Power BI enable rapid response in emergencies and crises, thanks to remote desktop features and access to information from anywhere in real-time. In addition, reports generated with Power BI can be easily shared across other medical applications and portals.

BI in administration

Level two is data used in management and administration. Detailed data analysis helps to develop new healthcare models, predict future trends and minimise risks. For example, the information obtained on actions taken, consumables used, logistics and costs facilitate forecasting and planning of future demand. Advanced BI tools allow combining, integrating and analysing data in various formats from different sources. Such information will also be appreciated by insurers, who will find it helpful in better pricing benefits and fraud prevention.

Data-driven organisational culture

The third level will be implementing a modern organisational culture based on a flexible and personalised approach to the patient. One in which even the most complex data sets such as billing, patient records and financial reports span hours and days rather than months. Professionally implemented and configured BI tools make complex issues much simpler, increase stability and predictability of operations, and ensure the highest standards of care for patients. 

Power BI in practice

The example of pandemic status reporting perfectly illustrates the use of Microsoft Power BI. EBIS created an interactive report that shows the number of cases in each country around the world in real-time. It also shows the number of recoveries and facilitates monitoring of the number of people vaccinated.