Essentia Health Selects Health Care DataWorks’ Business Intelligence Solution To Support Integration of Member Organizations

(Columbus, OH  March 14, 2011)  Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) is entering into an agreement with Essentia Health to provide them with business intelligence tools that will support their efforts to complete the full integration of their member organizations.  In September, Essentia announced that SMDC Health System, Innovis Health, Brainerd Lakes Health, Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics, and Essentia Institute of Rural Health have united to revolutionize the process of delivering high-quality high value health care in rural communities.  This agreement furthers those efforts by providing Essentia with a single view of Clinical, Financial, Operational and Research data needed to run their enterprise.

Health Care DataWorks’ Electronic Data Warehouse (EDW) includes a robust healthcare enterprise data model, hundreds of standard reports and a number of pre-built dashboards and scorecards. This agreement marks the latest partnership in which a leading healthcare organization has turned to Health Care DataWorks for their market-leading technology.

“The unification of our members into a single organization has really given us an opportunity to think about how we can use data to support our efforts to operate as a single Enterprise,” explains Essentia’s CIO Dennis Dassenko.  “With multiple competing priorities; Research, Quality, Finance, our ACO initiative and many others; we knew that we needed to create a single Enterprise Data Warehouse that would support each of these efforts.  We looked at a lot of competitors before deciding that HCD provided the best solution.  Their team has all spent time working in health systems so they understand our needs”

“We are confident that Health Care DataWork’s EDW solution will provide Essentia the actionable knowledge they are looking for,” said HCD CEO Detlev (Herb) Smaltz.   “By implementing our business intelligence tools, Essentia won’t have to spend years building an EDW.  This will provide them with immediate results that have a real impact while saving them both time and money.  It’s what all healthcare organizations are looking for today.”

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio HCD is a three-year old Ohio State University technology commercialization company that pioneered the “Enterprise Data Warehouse in a Box” for healthcare provider organizations.  HCD partners with hospitals and health systems that aspire to be high performing, information-driven organizations.  Health Care DataWorks delivers the core competency in business intelligence necessary to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights from all their data.

Essentia Health

Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho. In the summer of 2010, Essentia Health began bringing together the operations of SMDC Health System, Brainerd Lakes Health, Innovis Health, Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics, and the Essentia Institute of Rural Health.  Today Essentia Health brings together 17 hospitals, 62 clinics and more than 750 physicians into a single organization with a shared set of values, committed to helping our patients and their families lead active and fulfilling lives.