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Data Warehousing

Healthcare Data Warehouse Services


Our healthcare data warehouse solutions transform organizational data into accessible, actionable information that drives improvement in clinical outcomes, patient experience, and operational efficiency and quality. We are passionately committed to making data and metrics trusted and useful assets to your organization, as well as helping you improve standardization and transparency.

Customized Enterprise
Data Warehouse (EDW)

The value a healthcare enterprise data warehouse provides is in supporting decision-makers with the information they need, when they need it, with confidence in the accuracy of the data. However, when organizations are working on compressed timelines and with limited resources, getting to the point of having useful data can be daunting.

DTA Associates can help organizations get up and running quickly with a healthcare data warehouse that is both adaptable and scalable.

Whether it is starting from scratch or enhancing an existing platform (such as Epic’s Caboodle Data Warehouse), we can help you turn your enterprise data warehouse into an essential knowledge asset in your organization.

Standard Measure
Repository (SMaRT)

So many organizations struggle with the same issues related to corporate metrics, which is why we created SMaRT, the Standard Measure Repository.

SMaRT is a tool that allows you to define all your metrics in one place.

This means your reports and dashboards all pull from the same place, ensuring that what shows up in your various business intelligence tools is consistent. Even better, the business logic for each measure isn’t hidden deep in the underlying code of a report somewhere, it’s available for everyone to see. If you are tired of wondering “which definition of readmission rate is this?” or “who can answer questions about this metric?” Contact us to find out more about SMaRT.

Develop Actionable Predictive Analytics


DTA develops predictive models for organizations that are tailored to each organization’s unique workflow and patient population. The general process works as follows:

1. Research

Gather information and research similar predictive models

2. Gather Clinical Feedback

Convene a group of people across disciplines (MD, RN, Case Manager, etc.) to brainstorm potential predictors

3. Generate Data Elements

Query data sources to pull each potential predictors into a table or extract files that the statistical modeling tool can use

4. Develop a Model

Run potential predictors through a regression model to determine which elements are predictive, generating an overall risk score

5. Develop Operational Tools

Define the patient population and workflow then implement tools to operationalize the prediction model

6. Pilot, Rollout, and Use

Train care managers and others who will be using the tool

7. Monitor Model Validity

Monitor model validity over time and determine if/when to re-generate the model

Find out how using predictive modeling and analytics can provide insights to hospital admissions and readmissions, to better support your care management and other resources effectively.

Business Intelligence Tool
Selection and
Development

There is a wide array of tools on the market that can display the information in your healthcare data warehouse. While these tools can look very similar in demos, they widely differ in what they can do and how easy they are to deploy. DTA can help you wade through all the choices to select the best business intelligence technology for your organization. Unlike many organizations, we aren’t financially (or otherwise) tied to any particular business intelligence or healthcare data warehouse solution, so we can help you find the best tools for your organization in an unbiased manner. Once you have selected a tool, if you need help getting up and running, we provide business intelligence development services as well!

Metadata Tool

DTA’s innovative metadata tool (Business Intelligence Catalog) allows organizations to improve data governance in health care by tracking definitions and other key information related to reports, dashboards, and databases across the organization. Your healthcare data warehouse information is presented with a streamlined, web-based interface, so it’s easy to use for technical staff and end-users alike. The metadata tool is highly customizable, and can be populated through a mix of automated and manual processes.

“DTA has energy, expertise and real joy in their work which makes them great partners. Their communication is timely, spot-on and clear, so partnering is easy and productive.”

Val Ulstad, MD, MPA, MPH - CEO, Partner

Cascade Bluff LLC

"DTA is a true partner with our organization. The sharing of ideas, knowledge and experience has been invaluable. The goals are always clear and DTA has allowed us to grow so we can keep moving forward after the contract is complete."

Amy Porwoll - CIO and Vice President, Information Services

CentraCare Health

"We want the patient experience to be surrounded by a culture of service throughout the healing process. We believe this is best served by having an organic, personalized approach – created from within our own hearts and minds. DTA has helped us achieve that custom approach."

Tomi Ryba - President and CEO

El Camino Hospital

"Our organization had an urgency to get a baseline assessment of our quality department. DTA Associates came in and, in two days, assessed our regulatory reporting needs, process of data collection, and staff competencies/gaps. Mary Jo was professional, detailed, high-energy and thorough. Our Senior Leadership was provided with a well-laid out roadmap that addressed current, future, and technological needs and strategies."

Susan Skinner - Vice President, Patient Services

Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital

"DTA has helped us develop strategic and tactical plans around patient experience. Not only did we have a long-term vision but they helped us build an actionable plan with incremental steps we could start implementing right away."

Bethany Hyde - Multispecialty Clinics Manager

North Memorial Health Care

"DTA is able to apply their past experience to our business needs. This has greatly compressed the time to completion for us. Everyone at DTA is very approachable and explains things in terms we can understand."

Tom Lenarz - Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics

Centra Care Health

"Compared to other consultants, DTA has become a part of our organization and has worked alongside us in every way. Our successes have become their successes and they have truly helped us become a better organization."

Mark Matthias, MD - Vice President, Medical Affairs

St. Cloud Hospital

"I’ve really enjoyed becoming involved with DTA. Initially I was hesitant to be coached for fear of being criticized. However, the experience is very much the opposite. All of the feedback is positive, and only helps you to build on your strengths. I personally am passionate about the message DTA is giving because I feel they teach you basic communication skills you can use in your everyday conversations. The DTA staff are not only experts at what they do, but are kind, funny, personable people. I am very appreciative of the knowledge, guidance, and opportunities this experience has provided me!"

Daisy Nelson - RN, Emergency Department

Regions Hospital

"As a member of the patient experience team, and a coach at regions hospital, I have had the honor of spending a lot of time with the DTA team. They are an inspiring bunch, and I am better for our time together."

Blake Southard - EMT, Emergency Department

Regions Hospital

"As we developed our plan to improve the patient experience at our health care organization, the voice of the patient was missing. While we knew this was such an important aspect of our journey to improvement, we were not sure where to start. With the help of DTA, we were able to create a very robust Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) consisting of previous patients and/or family members of patients."

Cheryl Reinking - Chief Nursing Officer

El Camino Hospital

"We worked with Janiece, identifying and mapping processes for a major technology project. We experienced long days and mind-numbing detail, but somehow Janiece managed to keep our teams engaged and thinking throughout the process. It wouldn’t be fair to say it was fun, but Janiece’s approach to interaction made it far less painful than it would otherwise have been. Janiece was also able to quickly understand our overall goals, ask the right questions and nudge us back to where we needed to be in order to ensure that we stayed on track throughout the project and finished our work on time."

Marc VanKley - President and COO

Beltmann Group, Incorporated

"We have been utilizing the coaching services of DTA and the feedback from our physicians has been extremely positive. We appreciate the non-intimidating approach and having a trained set of eyes to reinforce the positives in addition to identifying the opportunities for improvement. I would recommend DTA to any clinic that is focused on improving the patient experience through better provider-to-patient interactions."

Randy Farrow - CEO

Mankato Clinic

Other Ways We Can Help

From a data infrastructure and planning perspective, DTA also provides assessments, recommendations, and clear, actionable road maps for healthcare data analysis, management, and data governance in healthcare. Your data is one of your organizations’ most valuable assets. Talk to us to make sure you’re getting the most from your data!

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