Comparative health care performance information provider oversatisfied with data warehouse system change

Los Gatos 13 January 1998 The HBS International Company, based in Bellevue, Washington, provides comparative performance systems and data repositories enabling health care organisations to measure, benchmark and improve their results. HBSI has an urgent need for a high qualified data warehouse system in order to meet the severe demands it has imposed upon itself. Since the existing data warehouse no longer kept pace with the company's growth potential, HBSI recently entered into partnership with Red Brick Systems, a provider of relational databases, based in Los Gatos, California. Together, they transform data into information allowing hospitals to make strategic decisions in effective treatment as well as in cost management.

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The HBS International Company, based in Bellevue, Washington, provides comparative performance systems and data repositories enabling health care organisations to measure, benchmark and improve their results. HBSI has an urgent need for a high qualified data warehouse system in order to meet the severe demands it has imposed upon itself. Since the existing data warehouse no longer kept pace with the company's growth potential, HBSI recently entered into partnership with Red Brick Systems, a provider of relational databases, based in Los Gatos, California. Together, they transform data into information allowing hospitals to make strategic decisions in effective treatment as well as in cost management.

Founded in 1991, HBSI has been concentrating from the start on developing a large comparative database integrating the various aspects of health care outcomes such as operational efficiency, cost, quality, functional status and patient satisfaction. The present data warehouse incorporates data drawn from about eight hundred hospitals, physicians and other health care facilities. In this way, member hospitals can evaluate patient care at the transaction level to link individual patient events to clinical outcomes as well as to compare their services to those of other hospitals.

The company's competitiveness and future success depends on the timely delivery of accurate information in order to provide the right solutions to health care organisations. Hence the importance of an outstanding data warehouse system offering greater scalability, shortened loading times and increased query speed. According to Gregg Bennett from HBS International, Red Brick Systems has come up with a superior data warehousing technology which addresses the complex data models required by health care organisations today.

The relational database management system has been designed by the Californian company from the ground up for data warehousing, thus reducing the cost of ownership for its clients while improving their services and responding to their business goals. When asked to comment on the successful partnership with HBSI, Red Brick's president, Chris Erickson, refers to a combination of industry expertise, application of the appropriate technology and the fight for a common goal bottom line success. As it is, both health care providers and patients might very well benefit the most from this edge in data performance. Indeed, they could be regarded as the winning end users since optimised data warehousing enhances the operational and clinical performance.


Leslie Versweyveld

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