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Analytics Driven Improvement Efforts Reduces Surgical Supply Costs by $3.2M

Banner Health identified considerable variation in surgical supply use across its facilities. The health system desired a collaborative, data-driven strategy that would allow it to maintain high-quality outcomes while simultaneously decreasing costs across all procedures systemwide. To standardize supply use, Banner Health implemented an analytics application to help identify high-volume, high-cost surgical procedures that varied across the system. It then built standardized surgical preference cards for the high-volume procedures.

Featured Outcomes

  • $3.2M reduction in surgical supply costs for laparoscopic appendectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, robotic assisted hysterectomy, and total hip and knee replacements, in just 15 months.

Colon Cancer Care Transformation Team Leverages Data to Reduce Mortality and Length of Stay

Colorectal cancer (CRC) accounts for $16 billion in healthcare costs, and with 142,250 new cases annually, it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Thibodaux Regional Health System had implemented evidence-based screening and oncology treatment guidelines for colon cancer, yet it still needed to meet organizational goals for early diagnosis and colon cancer survival. With support from the CEO and senior executive leadership, a collaborative approach to tackling CRC diagnosis rates, and a robust suite of analytics applications to deliver accurate data, Thibodaux Regional improved CRC outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Featured Outcomes

  • Zero deaths in more than eight months for people undergoing colorectal surgery.
  • 40.4 percent relative reduction in LOS for colorectal admissions – patients were able to spend 86 more days at home.
  • $171.6K in direct cost reduction, the result of 2,079-hour reduction in LOS.

Multimodal Pain Management Approach Reduces Opioid Prescriptions After Bariatric Surgery

Chronic knee and back pain associated with morbid obesity increases the risk for opioid dependence among patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Mission Health sought a comprehensive, data-driven, evidence-based approach to reduce opioid prescribing after bariatric surgery, decreasing the risk for misuse and harm. By using comprehensive ERAS protocols with multimodal pain management interventions, Mission realized substantial reductions in opioid use for pain management among patients undergoing bariatric surgery, including a:

Featured Outcomes

  • 29.3 percent relative reduction in the number of opioids prescribed during the intraoperative phase of surgery.
  • 35.4 percent relative reduction in the number of opioids prescribed during the post-anesthesia recovery phase of surgery.
  • 16.9 percent relative reduction in the number of opioids prescribed during the inpatient phase of surgery.

Data-Driven Approach Successfully Engages Orthopedic Surgeons in Decreasing Opioid Use

Community Health Network (CHNw) was keenly aware of the impact that opioid prescribing patterns have on potential opioid misuse and set a focus on decreasing opioid prescriptions; however, it lacked access to meaningful data that could be used to understand the volume of opioids that were prescribed postoperatively. CHNw created an orthopedics guidance team and leveraged data within its analytics platform to gain insight into prescribing habits over time.

Featured Outcomes

  • 35 percent relative reduction in the total number of opioid pills prescribed.
  • 20.4 percent relative reduction in the average number of opioid pills per prescription.
  • 239,230 fewer opioid pills available in the community.

Data-Driven Operations Leverage Timely Data to Triple the Number of First Cases Starting on Time

Operating room (OR) costs are substantial—time in the OR can cost between $22 and $133 per minute. Even a slight delay in start time can cost organizations hundreds of thousands, if not millions, annually. Learn how John Muir Health utilized analytics in the OR—giving the organization the ability to access the data it needed to educate staff on the reasons behind delays so that start times could be improved.

Featured Outcomes

  • Tripled the number of first cases starting on time.
  • Substantially reduced patient wait times, improving the patient experience.
  • Additional insight into performance has helped create a culture where leaders and staff are using data to identify and implement continuous improvement.
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