OrchardSoftware, a long-standing and highly respected LIS vendor, has launched a new line of business, consulting and education in lab analytics. To support these new activities, it has created a division of the company called OrchardAnalytics which is offering a free webinar on September 15, 2015, at 1 p.m. It will be presented by Dr. Brad Brimhall and is entitled Quantifying Value with Integrated Medical Analytics. One unit within OrchardAnalytics is the Orchard School of Medical Analytics. Here's a quote from its web page explaining its mission:
The U.S. healthcare system is in the process of evolving into a system that rewards quality outcomes and simultaneously must reduce overall spending in order to be sustainable. The laboratory controls the hub of clinical data that feeds diagnostic decision-making and must refocus its goals to succeed in this new value-based healthcare paradigm. Orchard understands this change and intends to support motivated pathologists and lab leaders in transitioning into a more consultative role to maximize the value of healthcare data. To meet this goal, Orchard is now offering a course in medical analytics designed to empower data-driven pathologists and other analytic-minded leaders who are interested in increasing the value and contribution of healthcare data. This four-day course will give pathologists and laboratory leaders a unique advantage—the ability to look toward the future and uncover new analytic opportunities within their facilities that will benefit their organizations and patients.
I have posted a number of notes about pathology analytics in the past (see: Lab Analytics Emerges as Hot Area for Software Development; The Use of Lab Analytic Dashboards in Anatomic Pathology; Leveraging Lab Analytic Data to Include Actionable Details to Improve Quality). I consider this one of the two most important trends currently in pathology informatics, the other being genomics. The analytics landscape now seems to encompass both software vendors and companies like Orchard that provide consulting and educational services. Most of the education and training that LIS vendors have provided in the past has been associated with new software installs and continuing software support. Various consulting initiatives have been attempted by the companies over the years but none seem to have persisted. This program by Orchard has caught my attention. It is needed and seems to be very well planned. I wish them well in the endeavor.