About Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as Best Doctors in America. They are supported by residents, interns, and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians, and other health-care professionals.
The team designed a new adaptive data warehouse, with common, linkable vocabulary. The data warehouse takes source data from financial, administrative, HR, Electronic Health Records (EHR), operational, and departmental systems. These previously siloed systems all come together in the data warehouse to be leveraged by all clinical business functions.
The data warehouse is underpinned by Vertica Analytics Platform, using Tableau as a presentation layer. Tableau extends Vertica with fine-grained, visual analysis. This seamless integration provides quick and easy big data visualization with interactive dashboards that let users drill-down, to ask real-time questions and receive answers.
Comprehensive data governance has established a clear accountability structure. Team roles and responsibilities, as well as tasks and goals, are clearly defined and agreed. Everyone involved with the data works according to established information sharing policies and data use agreements. A data dictionary and data quality management tools were introduced.
With standardized reports and scorecards throughout the process, data and business owners have joint responsibility for the data quality.
By closely collaborating with frontline clinical business partners, prioritizing goals, modernizing the infrastructure to allow a data driven approach, and automating processes, the Data Management team supports operational needs while complying with Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s strict security guidelines.