When it comes to healthcare benchmarking today, organizations need to be able to do four things quickly, effectively, and efficiently:
Many things stand in the way of accomplishing these objectives:
Health Catalyst® Touchstone™ not only resolves these problems, but also expands the definition of benchmarking to include the full continuum of care. Touchstone proactively delivers prioritized, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered improvement recommendations in an intelligent, intuitive user interface. It’s the next-generation benchmarking and prioritization tool healthcare needs to accelerate outcomes improvement.
Current benchmarking tools are built on antiquated technologies and are primarily focused on performance monitoring rather than recommending and driving sustained improvements. Unable to drill into healthcare data to reveal the cause of benchmark failures, current tools cannot tell organizations how to make improvements. Their high-cost, rudimentary user interfaces and limited use by a small number of people hampers their ability to democratize data and accelerate improvements. Current benchmarking tools provide either inpatient or ambulatory benchmarks, but rarely both. As a result, it is difficult to monitor performance across the continuum of care, making population health management less effective.
Unlike these traditional, antiquated approaches, Touchstone proactively recommends the top improvement opportunities from across the full continuum of care.
Developed in partnership with some of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare organizations and by leveraging Health Catalyst’s proven ability to manage trillions of data points, Touchstone combs through data from EHRs, claims, cost-accounting datasets, operations, and external benchmarks to provide:
Unlike traditional linear modeling approaches, Touchstone uses machine learning algorithms to find the highest areas of improvement opportunity, and then recommends those areas in a user-friendly, intuitive user interface that empowers analysts to explore the underlying factors behind each opportunity. Touchstone recommendations (Figure 1) show improvement opportunities based on costs and/or outcomes by patient cohorts, departments, or organizationwide. Drill-down capabilities enable detailed root cause analysis and data-driven insights.
Touchstone’s prioritization matrix (Figure 2) and easy-to-use interface turns average analysts, usually hindered by very manual processes, into extremely efficient, world-class analysts. It answers analysts’ most common questions:
Touchstone lets analysts look at many different factors simultaneously: a global perspective that’s rare in healthcare benchmarking and performance improvement, and helps analysts identify the factors underlying each opportunity. In the same way Netflix finetunes its recommendations based on user preferences over time, Touchstone’s recommendations improve over time based on user interest (e.g., surgical services, labor and delivery, etc.).
Touchstone’s modules address healthcare organizations’ most demanding clinical, operational, and financial improvement needs:
Touchstone was created to solve common problems (and the associated headaches) health system staff (analysts, leaders, etc.) encounter daily.
Touchstone’s state-of-the-art outcomes improvement and benchmarking capabilities were designed with multiple users and everyday use cases in mind:
A population health analyst wants to understand how to improve ACO performance. Touchstone recommends an opportunity to reduce inpatient utilization in the diabetic population attributed to the organization’s Medicare MSSP contract. After drilling into Touchstone’s explore tab, the population health analyst discovers that high inpatient utilization is being driven by patients attributed to five primary care providers who have visit utilization rates 80 percent lower than the risk-adjusted benchmark. The analyst recommends scheduling the physicians’ patients for wellness visits.
A health plan analyst looking for opportunities to improve benefit design is directed by Touchstone to an orthopedics doctor who performs knee replacements that are 20 percent less expensive than the benchmark, with a readmission rate that is 15 percent lower. The following year, the plan augments its benefit design to drive more volume to the high-performing doctor.
A program manager in a hospital’s surgical department uses Touchstone to look for opportunities to lower costs and improve outcomes. Touchstone recommends an opportunity to improve the mortality rate for CABG procedures, currently running 90 percent higher than the risk-adjusted benchmark would expect. Drilling into the data, the manager finds that three physicians’ cases are driving most of the high mortality rates and that the variable direct cost of supplies is correlated with these higher-than-expected mortality rates. The manager deploys a clinical analyst to investigate the specific drivers of the cost differential, positing that if there are discrepancies in the way these three providers deliver care they could be rectified to reduce overall mortality and cost.
Healthcare C-suites (chief quality officers, chief medical officers, chief finance officers, etc.) finally have a data-driven approach to selecting and prioritizing improvement goals. Touchstone empowers C-suites to make data-driven decisions in pursuit of improvement goals with the highest ROI.
No matter the user or the use case, Touchstone’s intelligent user experience makes it simple for everyone, even non-analysts, to accomplish their specific goals.
Touchstone transforms the industry’s traditional, myopic approach to healthcare benchmarking and performance improvement. It proactively recommends prioritized opportunities using AI-powered risk models; it democratizes benchmarking for all staff with an intelligent, intuitive user interface; it includes risk-adjusted benchmarks for the full continuum of care (not just the inpatient setting); and it allows for quick, iterative root cause analyses to understand the elusive “why” behind each opportunity.
Touchstone is the next-generation healthcare benchmarking and prioritization tool healthcare organizations can rely on to accelerate outcomes improvement, enhance performance, and achieve a competitive advantage.
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