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To Be More Effective, Harness the Power of Data

Data visualization can offer unique insight into a health sciences organization. This important work involves both healthcare professionals and the IT teams that provide communications platforms and support. Recently, we analyzed the digital asset management (DAM) needs of a global healthcare corporation. We learned that corporations need to integrate software, company culture and library skills. Healthcare libraries often present a complex mix of evidence-based research and user support; we shared the ways a librarian’s expertise could be leveraged to increase effectiveness and communication.

The following are a few lessons learned from our digital asset management project:

  • Without a digital library to share content, visualization is difficult to generate or coordinate
  • Marketing teams can use data visualization as a way to improve coordination across the enterprise
  • When information is not shared across the enterprise, it creates silos of content that is often lost and not re-used

To capitalize on visualization opportunities at your organization, consider these four steps:

  1. Reflect on the unique and distinctive aspectsof data in your organization. How do staff or clients use your information: in what context and in what environment?
  2. Consider potential partnerswho can help your organization increase its data visualization skills.
  3. Identify the visualization opportunitiesthat your team can offer. Can you add technology to your services? What innovation is possible? How can the team be more effective?
  4. Develop a strategic programfor your data visualization needs. What is your organization up against? How can you overcome technical challenges? What are the risks of investment?

ACA can help you develop a strategic program. We are accomplished analysts, providing IT solutions by surveying the information needs of healthcare organizations, the IT/DAM landscape, and the information needs of teaching hospitals and healthcare organizations.  Contact usto find out more.