|Health officials in Manitoba Province, Canada said that analytics can reduce overtime to hospital staffs in the province particularly in cities / Photo by: Ccyyrree via Wikimedia Commons|
By now, the healthcare industry is unanimously the industry that utilizes the newest technology like machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data to help optimize their processes. Just adding to the many benefits of big data, amongst the three of them, Manitoba, Canada and the health officials dedicated to helping the healthcare system become more efficient are eyeing to improve upon the medical industry’s performance through analytics.
According to a report by CBC, the commitment to this kind of push is already being carried out by Manitoba, as they reported that they will be willing to invest in more big data technologies, sectioning off $8 million that will be allocated to bettering current healthcare performance through the collection of data from past performances and optimizing staffing levels.
These technologies are still largely incomplete, though, since a lot of it still has to rely on more advanced analytics to ensure that the effects are worth it and would not end up costing the industry more than it can chew.
The plan is to, according to the report, invest in “a resource optimization system to asses required staffing numbers and a workforce management system to better adapt to sick time and overtime management.”
For instance, in the $8 million budget, there is still a need to invest in predictive analysis, which can improve efficiency more because it can deal with actual real-time data.
The good news is that the influx of technologies in the healthcare industry designed to cater to the wide scope of people working and benefiting from it will have even more efficient experiences, as big data analytics in real time could really help staff cut back on their overtime and turn over some of the work to analytics.
That said, though, the industry is not without its faults, as Darlene Jackson points out that the entire efficiency narrative could just as easily mean nothing if no resolve is going to be presented on the issues that are more apparent in the industry, such as a nursing shortage.
"Overtime has increased dramatically at most Winnipeg hospitals since Phase I was implemented in October 2017," said Jackson.