Wasteful spending in healthcare now exceeds $1 trillion annually, which is double the money required to fund Medicare each year. Allina Health, a non-profit healthcare system, embraced a vision of the future where 100 percent of healthcare services add value, and everyone has access to quality, compassionate care.
Allina Health president and chief executive officer Dr. Penny Wheeler recognized the critical importance of data and analytics to measure and track performance. To meet those needs, the organization leveraged its analytics platform, using the integrated clinical, financial, and operational data to enable, measure, and scale data-driven improvement initiatives. With input from users, the analytics platform delivers ready access to the data and information providers and operational leaders need to improve and sustain outcomes.
Since undergoing this healthcare quality improvement initiative, select results include:
- Improved care for spine patients.
- 31 percent of complications avoided.
- 22 percent relative reduction in SSIs.
- $1 million VMP incentives received and over $2 million additional cost savings.
- Enhanced recovery program elective colorectal surgery improvements.
- 78 percent relative reduction in elective colorectal systemwide surgical site infections.
- 19 percent relative reduction in systemwide length of stay, saving $90K in just six months.