How to get your health plan out of a rut and break down big data silos.
Health plans are tasked with deriving ever-more savings from their claims overpayment initiatives. But with limited people, strategy, technology or processes to accomplish their goals, are they getting any tangible returns for their efforts? Without access to the full story to accurately gauge their success, health plans may be over-relying on third-party services vendors. Even with the vendors’ limitations, currently, they’re accomplishing cost containment goals more effectively than a health plan can.
We’ve written a bit before about the negative consequences of siloed information and the benefits of a comprehensive solution. In today’s article, we want to get into the specifics on breaking down big data silos.
Big Data Silos Occur Naturally
Big data, or knowledge, silos aren’t evidence of a poorly functioning organization, writes Withum. “Knowledge silos tend to grow organically as a byproduct of the way people work in organizations. But now, these silos are generally recognized as detrimental to knowledge sharing, efficiency and innovation.” Whereas data silos were once encouraged, modern business practices promote transparency and free-sharing of information, both of which are inhibited when information is contained in departments.
As healthcare organizations address breaking down big data silos, they should also look at the negative effects that information overload has on staff. “Organizational use of information and communications technology (ICT) is increasingly resulting in negative cognitions” like information overload and interruptions (termed technostress), according to this study. Technostress and naturally occurring data silos are two major problems that prevent health plans from “moving the needle” quickly or adeptly.
How to Break Down Big Data Silos
As projected 7 years ago, today breaking down big data silos is seen as a competitive advantage for healthcare organizations. Without knowledge of a broader solution, we frequently see organizations address data silos through third-party services vendors. These vendors don’t have access to the entire picture, but they allow organizations to integrate technology at rapid rates.
However, to truly break down big data silos, an organization must unify all information across their entire company (including the activities of third-party vendors). Here are the areas a health plan needs to address in order to break down big data silos:
Integrate with the help of technology.
“Innovation, collaboration, and agility cannot thrive in a siloed work environment,” writes Inc. Break down office politics, consider a physical workspace that enhances collaboration, and do more that addresses the silo effect at your organization.
Move Forward with Pareo®
ClarisHealth isn’t just another health plan vendor. Our innovative technology solution, Pareo®, breaks down traditional siloed workflows by plugging in as a system-wide management tool. Various modules can be tailored to suit the specific needs of your health plan.
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