The term 'analytics' is used broadly in this document to describe the process of extracting useful information from healthcare data.
Most analytical processes are driven by database queries. A 'query' is a means for retrieving information from a database consisting of a machine readable question presented to the database in a predefined format. Queries are used to inform or contribute to a human-readable report or produce a machine-actionable response. A human-readable report may be a list of patients, a graph, historical or projected resource utilization figures, or a summary dashboard display. Machine-actionable responses may include populating an order for a new laboratory test, based on the results of a previous test, or placing an order to restock medical devices on a hospital ward.
Wikipedia, Analytics, 2014, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytics.