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What is a Data Warehouse?


A data warehouse is a central repository that stores data from multiple sources. Data warehouses are optimized for efficient retrieval and data analysis, as opposed to simple file storage solutions.

The information imported into a data warehouse is transformed, structured, and organized so that a single, unified view of the organization’s data is available to analysts. Data warehouses are used to support a company’s reporting and business intelligence needs.

In healthcare, a data warehouse serves as a digital repository of patient records gathered from multiple sources. This could include medical charts, insurance claims, prescriptions, and laboratory results.

The Value of Data Warehouses in Healthcare

With the rapid adoption of healthcare IT (HIT) systems like electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management systems, data warehouses have significant value to medical organizations.

Healthcare data warehouses aid in the automation of many processes, from analyzing revenue to lab results. The time saved and increased accuracy means providers and administrative staff have more time to work on the organization’s strategic goals.

Population-level analysis of patient information stored in a data warehouse contributes to a better understanding of overall health trends.

The Architecture of a Healthcare Data Warehouse

The architecture of a healthcare data warehouse consists of different layers. This can vary depending on the system used, but the following layers are common to most systems:

  • Data source layer: Here, information is gathered from multiple sources.
  • Staging layer: In temporary storage, imported data undergoes the extract, transform, and load (ETL) process so that it’s ready for use in the warehouse.
  • Data storage layer: Integrated data is now stored in a centralized location, broken up into subsets based on departments or types of treatment.
  • Analytics and reporting layer: A data engine produces reports and business intelligence, along with descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.

In addition, data warehouses have extensive security options to ensure compliance with patient privacy regulations.

How TempDev Can Help With the Data Warehouses

TempDev's team of NextGen consultants, developers, and trainers support your needs whether you're looking to implement, switch, or even upgrade your current EHR system. From dashboards and revenue cycle consulting to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the tools you need to make the most of your NextGen EHR system, with top tips and tricks that will ensure your success now and in the future.

With TempDev's NextGen dashboards, templates, and reports, you can better support your patients' needs. Our team is here to help you design, organize, and implement the whole system and is on hand to offer tips and guidance based on industry best practices

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to get the help you need with data warehouses.


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