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Self-Service: Complete Control of Your Data

Want to access your corporate data without limitations 24×7? Our model for Self-Service BI is engineered to enable high-performance, reusable, analytical solutions across vital corporate data. Meaning, your users can access data at the speed of thought  and ensure they have the right data at the right time.

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Pandera Live @ XS

Join us at 9PM on Tuesday, Jan. 27th @ XS Nightclub for a night to remember!

This year we are hosting our annual MicroStrategy World party at XS nightclub, inside the Wynn, and featuring one of Nashville’s most exciting artists, Johnny T! This is your chance to have some fun with new and old friends while enjoying the live concert, dancers, mimes, and open bar at one of the most prestigious venues in Vegas. Space is limited, so register today!
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What if?

So much of what we do in healthcare is about the “what if’s”—the educated guess, or even better, the SWAG. Facts we know to be true today prove to be unfounded tomorrow. More and more data becomes available on a daily basis as we improve technical proficiencies to disseminate the pieces and parts of how and why the human body works. It is a never-ending circle of evaluation and discovery.

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New Partnership with Clarabridge

We are pleased to announce our newest addition, Clarabridge, to the Pandera Alliances list! Clarabridge offers software solutions that automatically collect, categorize, and report customer feedback from multiple data sources. Their product suite gathers data from social media, surveys, and even speech data to turn it into actionable analytics. Using natural language processing and other patented technology, the software is used to improve customer experience management and customer feedback programs. Pandera will be specializing in making this data more understandable and intuitive for better decision-making and leadership alignment. This customer insight will help leaders make bold decisions with confidence!

Contact us for a demo and to learn how Clarabridge is helping lead companies to improve their customer experience!

 

Pandera Employee of the Quarter award for Q2 2014 – Jacob Murbach

Pandera-Award_Parsa_11172014Big congratulations to Jacob Murbach, Cloud Services Engineer, on earning the Employee of the Quarter award for the second quarter of 2014! Jacob is exceptionally hard working, and will work day and night to complete a project while keeping an impressive positive attitude! He has done an outstanding job pushing projects forward and making himself available to help everyone within the company. Jacob is a great example of how dedicated and driven the Pandera team is.

As Jacob says, “Work’s gotta get done!”

Plan to Destroy Your POC

When that next project comes up, remember this: don’t let a POC go to production, and don’t assume a “pilot” has a limited life.

Wait, what is a POC, you ask? Piece of chicken? Pie or cake? Proper old chap? Nope! “Proof of Concept” – a name used by us technology folks to describe something we want or need to do. We might not know how, or know how but don’t know if it will work for the intended purpose. It is like sanctioned playtime for working on something outside of scheduled/planned development projects, regular rules, and rarely comes with too many guarantees attached. Sometimes, in a sales cycle it refers to a “first implementation of software to prove it has the desired capabilities.” Then, one may choose to continue with development of a product or continue looking for a more suitable product. Both of these scenarios are valid, and incredibly valuable for the person doing the building and the recipient of said POC.
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Computerworld Features Our Money Saving App For Healthcare

ComputerWorld, a digital magazine for information technology and business technology professionals, recently highlighted how our application has helped Healthtrust Purchasing Group (HPG) reduce supply costs and improve quality of care.

HPG needed to leverage their data by automatically consolidating reports and provide key performance indicators. We were challenged to make sense of internal reports that were created manually in Excel spreadsheets, and filled with massive amounts of incomprehensible data. We identified critical business drivers and patterns of behavior in how users referenced data sources in supply expense analytics.

The application was developed with high-level reporting for rapid identification of financial variances and click-through analytics to drill down into data. We used trending visualizations to ensure a user-friendly experience with an intuitive and simplistic platform. This customized analytics tool is designed for 600+ users to be able to quickly evaluate supply expenses at any level and leverage pertinent data for success.

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Could It Really Be That Easy?

We have a client who has his motto, “Make it easy, make it awesome”. This motto is clearly posted in every one of his urgent care clinics, visible to staff and patients alike. The first time I saw it, my immediate thought was, “Yeah, right.” I work in the field of health IT. Given the complexities of Meaningful Use, Accountable Care, patient privacy, population management, and patient qualities initiatives, do you seriously think anything is going to be easy? And I can’t even fathom awesome.

I have always preferred the phrase, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” and was having a difficult time reconciling the two seemingly divergent positions in my mind. Is it even reasonable to expect a health IT system, with the constant challenge of disparate data integration issues, lack of standard terminology, and competing government agendas to be “easy”?

If it were easy, everyone would already be doing it, right? Shouldn’t we be constantly innovating, challenging our users to push the envelope, to think outside the box?

After spending time with our client and watching his team work, it hit me. Maybe, I was missing the point. Maybe, we spend too much time pushing the envelope and we forget what the vast majority of our users really want. They want an easy way to answer the simple questions. They want the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “why” of healthcare.

It starts off innocently. We are asked by a user to build a simple metric to define a patient population based on specific criteria, but then we become our own worst enemy. What about this data exception? Wouldn’t it be cool if we could show this? But department “X” only wants to see things in a certain format. Can we build an interface for them in case they need access too?

All are questions that we could answer, but everything can quickly spiral out of control. One question, leads to another and we are suddenly complicating a simple question into a complicated algorithm that only a PhD statistician can decipher.

By accepting this self-imposed “challenge” to push the envelope we have taken the simple request, and quickly turned it into a 23-page requirement document and five-screen dashboard that needs a training tutorial and help desk backup to navigate. We still didn’t answer the simple question.

What if we turned the tables and started off answering the easy questions first? What if we empower our users to answer their own simple questions? What would health IT look like if we challenged ourselves to create an easy data framework of who, what, when, and why and then put it in the hands of our clients? Chances are the results would be pretty awesome.

Healthcare Analytics: Hot Topics Webinar

Let us show you how Business Intelligence (BI) is the answer to your health industry challenges. BI can provide your organization a quick return on investment by building a foundation of analytics across your healthcare enterprise.

If you missed the webinar, watch the video below to learn how your data can help you:

  • Define your Population Health Strategy (PHS) for accountable care
  • Improve patient outcomes and performance with real-time analytics
  • Create physician performance tools to drive care and satisfaction

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