This IDC Health Insights report presents IDC's 2013 Big Data and Analytics Maturity Benchmark Survey results for healthcare. Analytics has been identified by hospitals as a top investment priority. Historically, hospitals relied on their core hospital information system to provide reporting and analytics capability. Past attempts at creating enterprise data warehouses were often not successful because of the heterogeneity of hospital IT applications and their data structures as well as the complexity of the data. In the past 10 years, there has been an emergence of specialty hospital analytics solutions in the market. Suppliers of these applications have invested heavily in data normalization and synchronization, and more recently, the increase in cloud deployment has made hospitals more inclined to invest in analytics technology. It is clear from the benchmark data that hospitals are not only investing in BDA but are reaching maturity levels consistent with other industries. Most hospitals, as with other industries, are in the midlevel of maturity, which is defined as repeatable. Both high and low achievers have reached the managed stage in the dimension of intent.
"Two key findings of this research are that the ability to reach stages of increased maturity is driven by the alignment of all of the five dimensions of the maturity model and funding and managing BDA initiatives at the enterprise level." — Cynthia Burghard, research director, Accountable Care IT Strategies
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