Health analytics is the systematic use of data, information technology and methods to create timely insights that inform clinical and business decision making around the planning, delivery, management and measurement of health care, all in a privacy protective manner.
As the use of electronic health systems has increased, so has the potential to gain value from the data produced by or stored in these systems. For example, electronic medical records (EMRs) and telehomecare solutions are producing a wealth of new data. We need to leverage and better understand these rich new sources of information so we can achieve the best possible health for Canadians, the highest-quality care, and a sustainable, more efficient health system.
Besides informing decision making, the data can be used and reused to improve clinical program management and health system management, aid population and public health monitoring, and contribute to health research.