Many believe that the key to getting what you want is to visualize it. With my 2016 New Year’s resolutions still fresh in my mind, I’ve admittedly spent some time visualizing that perfect handstand I’ve vowed to achieve—while being cheered on by a room full of sweaty yogis no less!
But what if what you want in 2016 is to mine insights from your organization’s data?
Well, visualization works well here too. But inspiring mental imagery alone is not going to cut it. Organizations need a different kind of visualization technique: one that employs sophisticated data tools to organize, query, report on, and visually represent their data.
Unfortunately, for the majority of blood and marrow transplant (BMT) centers, these types of tools are not available. Many BMT centers manage their clinical data in spreadsheets or homegrown systems that aren’t equipped to elegantly return meaningful data. Some limitations typically encountered include:
- Complexity. The complexity of employing SQL or another query language in order to ask questions of the data limits the ability of non-IT stakeholders to perform on-demand queries.
- Inaccessibility. Unless there’s an easy way for the system to store queries and render real-time results—preferably in a visual context—stakeholder access to extracted data is also limited.
- Lack of timeliness. If the issue of inaccessibility is resolved, it often comes at the cost of timeliness. For example, centers may find a way to share results (via email, posted spreadsheet, etc.), but due to limitations of the sharing method, the data is not available, or updated, in real time.
If your 2016 New Year’s resolution is to overcome these limitations so that you can begin deriving quality insights from your clinical data, it may be time to start visualizing our cloud-based Liaison BMT registry solution.
In addition to built-in visualizations that answer the questions basic to most centers, our data management system also has a drag-and-drop query builder that allows centers to easily ask questions relevant to their unique goals. Updated in real time, the results of these custom queries can be made accessible to all users and can even become data sources for new visualizations.
Want to learn more? We’ll be showcasing the Liaison BMT registry at BMT Tandem Meetings 2016 in Honolulu this February—please visit us if you’re there. Or, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.