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How to Use Power BI for Your Healthcare Data

What is Power BI?


Power Business Intelligence (BI) is an interactive data visualization software developed by Microsoft that focuses on business intelligence.


The program is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that allow businesses to collect and analyze data by transforming it into actionable information using easy-to-understand charts and graphs that transform data and enables data exploration, discovery, and insight.

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The Power BI process creates rich, interactive data visualizations from multiple data sources and shares important business insights that drive success.

What are the benefits of Microsoft Power BI?


Power BI is the next tier in business intelligence for companies who desire more reporting power and analytical muscle than Excel provides.


Power BI gives companies the power to scale, analyze, share and promote insights across an organization, which means they can more easily maintain data accuracy, consistency, and security while getting the most out of their significant data investments.


With this platform, organizations can connect to and visualize thousands of data points using a unified, scalable platform for self-service and enterprise business intelligence.


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Power BI can empower everyone in your organization to make data-driven decisions that drive strategic actions quickly.

Not only that, but the Power BI dashboard also enables more cohesive teamwork through the Power BI dashboard. Teams can work together on the same data, collaborate on reports, and share insights across popular Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Teams and Excel—empowering everyone in your organization to make data-driven decisions that drive strategic actions quickly.


Additionally, with Power BI, users can:

  • Connect to a myriad of datasets and data sources Including, the Pinnacle behavioral health data cubes.

  • Transform and model data

  • Create visually appealing charts, graphs, reports, and dashboards

  • Share, distribute and even publish data and visualizations with others

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When everyone works together, your organization can become more data-driven and in turn more productive.

How to get the most out of Power BI


If your organization currently uses the Microsoft Power BI platform, you may be wondering how to use Power BI or how to get the most out of it.


Successful and influential Power BI initiatives come from collecting, combining, and ensuring data is correct and meaningful. Although having thousands of data points can be helpful, without proper collection, data falls to the wayside and can become confusing or difficult to navigate.


Put simply; data preparation is the process of taking raw data and getting it ready for ingestion in an analytics platform such as Power BI.


If you want to get all the benefits out of this platform, proper data preparation is crucial. Extracting, transforming, loading, cleaning, preparing, de-duplicating, and conforming your data is arguably the most important step for preparing your Power Bi data for presentation.


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Successful and influential Power BI initiatives come from collecting, combining, and ensuring data is correct and meaningful.

Data preparation ensures accuracy in the data, which leads to accurate insights. Without data preparation, insights may be off due to junk data, an overlooked calibration issue, or an easily fixed discrepancy between datasets.


The Pinnacle Process


Pinnacle has assisted several organizations in bringing disparate data sources into a clean, conformed, and intelligible structure, preparing it for integration into platforms such as Microsoft Power BI.


When reviewing your data for power BI integration, you may find that it is stored in more than one system, even in more than one electronic health record system in some cases. Once accessed, data is often complex, static, and not user-friendly.


Not only that, but when not properly combined, specific sources seem to have no connection or purpose. These valuable data sets fail to be utilized even with the Power BI dashboard; It doesn’t have to be this way. The Pinnacle data warehouse is the key to extracting and transforming your data in a meaningful, actionable, and understandable way.


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The Pinnacle Data warehouse allows your organization to accurately capture productivity and utilization across services, including services with multiple providers and clients.

With Pinnacle, each level of your organization will have input on how the data is structured, including stakeholders, management, and end-users. The Pinnacle models assist in eliminating data silos and ensure that all reporting conforms to your agency's vision and business priorities.


Our platform extracts and organizes Electronic Health Record data to precisely address behavioral health agencies' needs. The warehouse allows your organization to accurately capture productivity and utilization across services, including services with multiple providers and clients.


Power BI + Pinnacle Data Warehouse


Are you struggling to prepare your various data sources for a Power BI platform? Have you found yourself with duplicates or other vexing data issues? Reach out to us today for a free consultation, and let us show you how we can take your Power BI platform to the next level by preparing your data strategically and accurately.


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The Pinnacle data warehouse is the key to extracting and transforming your data in a meaningful, actionable, and understandable way.

Want more information on getting started with Power BI? Check out our webinar, where we discuss getting started with Power BI, planning content, and creating your first dashboard.


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