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Weekly News Roundup: February 15, 2019

Clinical Workflow News Improving clinical workflows is always a hot topic, especially as pressure on clinicians continues to mount. This week’s roundup features healthcare workflow news, including ways to protect provider productivity, the importance of user feedback in software usability, how analytics, workflow, and physician education aids sepsis care at Allina Health, and how ACO measures performance improved with data and analytics. MedStar Launches EHR Usability Campaign, With Videos Showing UX, Workflow Challenges Effective software depends on user feedback, with developers rely on a culture of open communication …

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ACOs: Four Ways Technology Contributes to Success

With an increasing emphasis on value-based care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are here to stay. In an ACO, healthcare providers and hospitals come together with the shared goals of reducing costs and increasing patient satisfaction by providing high-quality coordinated healthcare to Medicare patients. However, many ACOs lack direction and experience difficulty understanding how to use data to improve care. Implementing a robust data analytics system to automate the process of data gathering and analysis as well as aligning data with ACO quality reporting measures. The article walks through four keys to effectively implementing technology for ACO success:

  1. Build a data repository with an analytics platform.
  2. Bring data to the point of care.
  3. Analyze claims data, identify outliers, including successes and failures.
  4. Combine clinical claims, and quality data to identify opportunities for improvement.

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Healthcare Data Management: Three Principles of Using Data to Its Full Potential

Author Douglas Laney is now tackling the topic of Infonomics: the practice of information economics. In his 2017 book, Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an asset for competitive advantage, Laney provides detailed rationale as well as a thoughtful framework for treating information as a modern-day organization’s most valuable asset. This article walks through how healthcare organizations can leverage data to its full potential using this framework and the three principles of infonomics:

  • Measure - How much data does the organization have? What is it worth?
  • Manage - What data does the organization have? Where is it stored?
  • Monetize - How does the organization use data?

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How to Run Your Healthcare Analytics Operation Like a Business

A robust data analytics operation is necessary for healthcare systems’ survival. Just like any business, the analytics enterprise needs to be well managed using the principles of successful business operations. This article walks through how to run an analytics operation like a business using the following five-question framework:

  1. Who does the analytics team serve and what are those customers trying to do?
  2. What services does the analytics team provide to help customers accomplish their goals?
  3. How does the analytics team know they’re doing a great job and how do they communicate that effectively to the leadership team?
  4. What is the most efficient way to provide analytics services?
  5. What is the most effective way to organize?

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Weekly News Roundup: February 8, 2019

Healthcare Tech Funding in the News Healthcare tech companies have been capturing the attention (and pocketbooks) of investors this week. Namely, Health Catalyst (ahem) reached unicorn status with a $1 billion latest valuation, Devoted Health–a start-up selling health insurance to seniors–raised $300 million at a $1.8 billion valuation, healthcare startup Lytic got a funding boost to help patients pinpoint their health condition and get the next steps for obtaining care, and Healthy.io raised $18 million to bring smartphone urinalysis technology to the U.S. Cloud Unicorn: Health Catalyst Reaches …

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Four Steps to Effective Opportunity Analysis

Opportunity analysis uses data to identify potential improvement initiatives and quantifies the value of these initiatives—both in terms of patient care benefits and financial impact. This process is an effective way to find unwarranted and costly clinical variation and, in turn, develop strategies to reduce it, improving outcomes and saving costs along the way. Standardizing the opportunity analysis process makes it repeatable and prioritizes actionable opportunities. Quarterly opportunity analysis should follow four steps:

  • Kicking off the analysis by getting analysts together to do preliminary analysis and brainstorm.
  • Engaging with clinicians to identify opportunities and, in the process, get clinician buy in.
  • Digging deeper into the suggested opportunities to prioritize those that offer the greatest benefits.
  • Presenting findings to the decision makers.

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Weekly News Roundup: February 1, 2019

  Nearly half of all Americans use at least one prescription drug, and with high prescription usage comes medication-related problems. More than 1.5 million preventable medication-related adverse events occur each year, costing more than $177 billion in medication-related morbidity and mortality. This week’s news roundup covers medication-related patient safety news including a case for better after-hours palliative care, a success story featuring a significant cost of care reduction at Allina Health, a day in the life of a medication safety officer, and the terrifying story of an Ohio physician who …

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The Four Keys to Increasing Hospital Capacity Without Construction

Many health systems have a hospital capacity problem as demand for patient beds rises. When the supply of usable patient beds can’t meet demand, the negative impact on patients and staff can be significant. Hospitals can solve capacity problems with four key concepts:

  1. Using data, start with the problem and the ideal solution.
  2. Be sure the analytics team works with teams throughout the organization—including leadership.
  3. Have leaders spend time with the operations team to understand workflow.
  4. Focus on the impact, not the tool.

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Increase Healthcare Analytics ROI Through the Rapid Response Analytics Solution

Health systems feel mounting pressure to demonstrate ROI from analytics investments but are faced with inefficacies and delays. Fortunately, the Rapid Response Analytics Solution delivers a 10x increase in analytics productivity and a 90 percent decrease in the time required to develop new analytic insights. The Rapid Response Analytics Solution solves these tough analytics problems through two primary elements: curated, modular data kits called DOS Marts; and Population Builder, a powerful self-service tools that lets any time of user, from physician executive to frontline nurse, explore data and quality build cohorts of patients without relying on IT staff and with no need for sophisticated and customized SQL and data science coding.

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Why Clinical Quality Should Drive Healthcare Business Strategy

Healthcare today is in the midst of a massive transformation. The opportunities for improvement are great if healthcare systems can do the following:

  • Reduce clinical variation.
  • Reduce rates of inappropriate care and care-associated patient injury and death.
  • Follow accepted best care practices.
  • Eliminate waste.
This article covers the different types of waste in healthcare systems, ways to reduce them, financial alignment around waste reduction opportunities, and the importance of reducing clinical variation. The core driver of healthcare systems must be improving clinical quality. Almost always, with proper clinical management, better care is cheaper care through waste management.

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Weekly News Roundup: January 25, 2019

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic With Analytics With the opioid epidemic continuing to ravage the country, U.S. healthcare professionals are searching for answers. This week’s news roundup includes tools to help combat an epidemic, best practice opioid interventions, and recent news addressing the problem, such as how healthcare executives can use IT to stem the crisis, why it’s time to use machine learning to combat it, and a new study linking opioid deaths to painkiller marketing. How Top Healthcare Executives Can Use IT to Stem the Opioid Crisis …

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How to Evaluate Emerging Healthcare Technology With Innovative Analytics

As healthcare systems are pressured to cut costs and still provide high-quality care, they will need to look across the care continuum for answers, reduce variation in care, and look to emerging technologies. This article walks through how to evaluate the safety and effectiveness and of emerging healthcare technology and prioritize high-impact improvement projects using a robust data analytics platform. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of identifying variation in innovation.
  • Ways to improve outcomes and decrease costs.
  • The value of an analytics platform.
  • The reliable information that produce sparks for innovation.
  • Identifying and evaluating emerging healthcare technology.
  • Knowing what data to use.
  • The difference between efficacy and effectiveness in evaluation of emerging healthcare technology.

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Reducing Hospital Readmissions: A Case for Integrated Analytics

Health systems continue to prioritize reducing hospital readmissions as part of their value-based payment and population health strategies. But organizations that aren’t fully integrating analytics into their readmission reduction workflows struggle to meet improvement goals. By embedding predictive models across the continuum of care, versus isolated them in episodes of care, health systems can leverage analytics for meaningful improvement. Organizations that integrate predictive models into readmissions reduction workflows have achieved as much as a 40 percent reduction in risk-adjusted readmissions indexes. Effective analytics integration strategies use a multidisciplinary development approach to meet the needs of a patient’s entire care team and deliver common tools for all involved in the patient’s healthcare journey.

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Weekly News Roundup: January 18, 2019

Healthcare Project Management in the News Project management is increasingly important to the healthcare industry because it can help control costs, manage risk, and speed improvement project outcomes. This week, we’re sharing news about healthcare project management, from the age-old debate of agile vs. waterfall methodologies to pragmatic approaches to project management in outcomes improvement projects.   Healthcare Project Management Techniques: A Pragmatic Approach to Outcomes Improvement Healthcare leaders are working hard to continuously refine and advance their processes in order to improve patient care, reduce costs, …

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The Number One Skill for a Healthcare Data Analyst

In today’s high-pressured world of healthcare, health systems don’t need report writers. They need highly valuable healthcare data analysts. A top healthcare data analyst becomes a partner for clinical and operational improvement by using a five-step method for solving complex problems. This article walks through this step-by-step approach and demonstrates its application using the real-world example of building a diabetes registry. In addition to this specialized approach to solving problems, the article discusses the five essential skills for data analysts needed in the diabetes registry example:

  • Data query
  • Data movement
  • Data modeling
  • Data analysis
  • Data visualization

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Weekly News Roundup: January 11, 2019

Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2019 After ringing in the new year, it’s time to look forward to what 2019 will bring. This week we’re sharing news and resources that examine trends to watch out for this year, such as drivers of digital transformation in the next 12 months, an upcoming webinar that tackles such questions as what to expect from the new congress, as well as a look back to see how well we did with our predictions last year. Digital Healthcare Growth Drivers In 2019 The …

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