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One of the recent revolutions that have been shaking businesses across the globe and across all industries is that of more effective data analysis and management. The health care industry is far from exempt from this. All practices have to use digital record-keeping tools, which has also opened the door for data to start improving practices much more broadly, too. Here are a few ways that practices can make good use of data.

A much more organized team

One way to better use your data is in scheduling and predictive scheduling of patient appointments. With patient scheduling systems like PART, you can start to get enough data on current and past scheduling to be able to predict what patient numbers will look like in the future, too. As a result, you can predict how much staff and resources you will need on hand for different days, making sure that you don’t get overrun by too many patients.


Giving patients more insight into care

Making health care choices can be difficult. You can give patients the different potential outcomes, but it can be hard to tell how even a single medication can affect them. However, partnering with services like Benecard PBF can allow you to use metabolic variation testing to predict how patients can respond to medication. While you still can’t offer guarantees, you can help patients feel more assured about their choices.


More accurate information for doctors

Aside from being able to tell the potential effects of things like medication, using health technology to capture data on things like heart rate, blood sugar, and other symptoms can allow doctors to act with a lot more precision and care. They can capture data directly from technology that is monitoring throughout the day, rather than at a very specific moment of one day, which can then allow them to make more rational recommendations.


Getting preventative and proactive

One of the ways that data could be used is in the predictive medical analysis of demographics based on the records of patients currently in care. Big data can help with proactive measures to deliver preventive care to age-groups that are at risk, as Vitalerter recommends, or simply to send out relevant information and offer appointments for those who might need them without having to be prompted by symptoms.


More effective disease management

Managing the hospitalization risk of patients who are living with chronic disease should be a key concern for any primary health care providers. Data can help with this by automating alerts for patients who are at high risk of complications due to chronic disease. As such, doctors can get in touch to schedule an appointment and intervene, which can then go on to prevent ER visits that might be unnecessary. 


Data analytics can be used in health care for a variety of reasons, including patient care, scheduling, and much more. The above examples are just the start, you may find ways to make better use of data in your own practice, too.