Project Management

Dr. BI, M.D.

Millions of people around the world go to a doctor or a hospital each year for a variety of conditions. The pattern of care is usually simple: The doctor checks you out; he or she prescribes a treatment; and you go home, get some rest and follow the prescription. For those who face more serious conditions, hospitalization or surgery is required, and then you go home and recover. Medicine, however, has been a science based upon observation and practice, and seldom feedback and empirics. That is to say, a doctor learns about diseases and conditions by observation and what he or she reads in physicians' magazines, but seldom by feedback. This is where business intelligence can play a vital role in the medical treatment of conditions.

Every time a doctor makes a diagnosis for a patient, he or she codes the diagnosis using an ICD-9 code. Once a procedure is performed, a CPT-4 code is used to track the procedure. When a drug is prescribed, an NDC code is used to track the prescribed drug. All of this encoding is tied to one thing--the patient. By stringing the ICD-9 code with CPT-4 with the NDC code, organizations can create an event-treatment scenario for each visit to the doctor’s office. This is a very powerful concept. Back in 1995, I worked with Bristol-Myers Squibb to create such a health intelligence tool. In concept, the tool could provide an …


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