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Improving Patient Safety and Quality: What Healthcare Can Learn from the Airline and Nuclear Industries

Stan Pestotnik, MS, RPh

Patient Safety Products, VP

Even though medication-associated errors affect over 7 million patients and cost more than $40 billion each year, healthcare often falls short when it comes to prioritizing patient safety. For example, in October 2021, a draft of the Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan FY 2022–2026 didn’t include reducing preventable harm as part of its mission to improve the quality of care. Meanwhile, other complex and adaptive industries, such as aviation and nuclear, give top precedence to safety oversight and compliance. To catch up to other sectors and actively pursue patient safety improvement, healthcare needs a straightforward framework for integrating patient safety across the continuum of care—an approach involving culture, clinical analytics, and frontline adoption of best practices.

HAS 21 Virtual in Review: Soaring Satisfaction Rates, Attendee Profiles, and More

Even virtually, transporting 3,000-plus healthcare leaders and activists across three international destinations is no small feat. Add world-class data and analytics insight and inspiration from healthcare and beyond to the voyage and you have a three-day journey of a lifetime—otherwise known as the Healthcare Analytics Summit™ (HAS) 21 Virtual. The 2021 edition of healthcare’s premier analytics summit once again gathered innovators and heroes from around the globe to explore multi-domain analytics as the framework for a winning team approach to healthcare transformation.

Find the Right Term for Your Goals: How to Choose Healthcare Terminology Standards

Cessily Johnson

Vice President of Terminology & Master Data Management

With an overwhelming number of healthcare terminology standards, how do industry professionals determine which ones they need to know? Terminology users can start by matching their purpose with the correct standard. Because different healthcare terminology standards fulfill distinct purposes, matching purpose to standard generally leads users to the right term for their goals. Terminology users can match their purpose with the correct standard by first identifying the standard’s purpose. Purposes encompass billing, clinical, laboratory, and pharmacy terminology standards:1. Healthcare billing terminology.2. Clinical terminology.3. Clinical and laboratory terminology.4. Pharmacy terminology.

Advancing Health Equity: A Data-Driven Approach Closes the Gap Between Intent and Action

Jason Jones, PhD

Chief Analytics and Data Science Officer

Trudy Sullivan, MBA

Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

Improving health equity is gaining traction as a healthcare delivery imperative. Yet, while equity is indivisible from healthcare quality, many initiatives targeting disparities fall short. Organizations too often rely solely on leader and stakeholder passion and perseverance without sufficiently leveraging data and analytics to understand, measure, and support equity improvement efforts. It’s time for the industry to pursue equitable care with the same resources it uses in other key dimensions, such as safety and efficacy—by leveraging data. A data-driven approach to equity opens health system’s most advanced predictive resources to equity efforts, thereby driving massive, measurable, data-informed improvement that benefits all.

HAS 21 Virtual Reaches Its Final Destination: Day Three of a Whirlwind Multi-Domain Analytics Journey

After virtual stops in Singapore and London, HAS 21 Virtual attendees might have thought day three couldn’t top the previous two. However, global analytics travelers were wowed when Paul Horstmeier welcomed them to the Grand Dubai Hotel. Not to be outdone by its extravagant surroundings, the final day’s agenda again exceeded expectations with the likes of Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, who oversaw the care of the first known COVID-19 patient in the U.S., a robust set of breakout topics, and a special healthcare analytics edition of Jeopardy. Day three also included the much-anticipated announcement of #SockofHAS winners, results of the HAS points competition, the esteemed Flywheel Award recipient, and more. Event organizers and fans are already excited to gather again September 13-15, 2022—in person!

HAS 21 Virtual Day 2 Tackles Health Equity, Redefines Value, and Presents 30+ Data-Fueled Projects

Day two of the Healthcare Analytics Summit™ Virtual again opened with a warm welcome from “Captain” Paul Horstmeier and his flight crew. Keynote speaker Patrice Harris, MD, MA, FAPA, former President of the American Medical Association, then took the stage to discuss common health equity challenges and solutions. Chris Chen, MD, CEO of ChenMed, followed to share how his organization has redefined value by using a fully capitated economic model. After a quick break, attendees chose between industry outlook sessions focused on health equity and population health. By lunchtime, participants were ready to explore over 30 data-centric projects at the Analytics and AI Showcases and learn about new Health Catalyst products. Attendees wrapped up an action-packed day two with Braindates, one-on-one or group networking sessions to learn more about trending topics of their choice.

Wheels Up on Healthcare Analytics Summit 2021 Virtual! Day One Recap

A fireside chat with NBA great Steve Kerr, a virtual journey to a premier international destination, a glimpse at robots changing the world, and an investigation into the parallels between motocross and healthcare analytics are just some of the experiences offered during day one of the Healthcare Analytics Summit™ (HAS) 21 Virtual. From a digital platform for the second consecutive year, HAS 21 Virtual kicked off three days of extraordinary education, inspiration, and entertainment on September 21. With experts from healthcare and beyond, attendees explored the digital trends and best practice experiences driving healthcare success in the new digital era. Additionally, two waves of breakouts offered insights into increasing revenue, decreasing cost, improving quality, and more.

World Patient Safety Day 2021 Focuses on Safer Childbirth

Heather Schoonover

MN, ARNP-CNS, PHCNS-BC, FCNS, Clinical Ops Value Architect, Vice President

Around the world and within the United States, pregnancy and childbirth still carry grave, often avoidable risks for mothers and newborns. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 810 women die worldwide daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In the U.S., approximately 6,700 newborns die each day, comprising 47 percent of all deaths under the age of five, and two million babies are stillborn each year, with 40 percent occurring during labor.For World Health Day 2021 (September 17), the WHO is calling for action around “safe and respectful childbirth.” Individual health systems can contribute to childbirth safety improvement by leveraging their data and analytics to better understand risks to mothers and newborns within their populations and identify ways to avoid preventable harm.

Optimize Your Labor Management with Health Catalyst PowerLabor™

Tarah Neujahr Bryan

Chief Corporate Brand and Communications Officer

To cut costs, healthcare leaders are looking at their greatest operating expense—labor management. However, with outdated labor management systems, decision makers rely on retrospective, incomplete data to forecast staffing volumes and patient support needs. Limited workforce insight can result in misaligned staffing or worse, jeopardizing patient care due to lack of labor support. With the Health Catalyst PowerLabor™ application, part of the Financial Empowerment Suite™, decision makers have access to a comprehensive view of labor data by organization, department, team, and job role. Timely insight into current and future hospital needs allows leaders to staff to patient volume, control escalating labor expenses, and ensure optimal resources for excellent patient care.

Accelerate Charge Capture Improvement with Health Catalyst VitalIntegrity™

Tarah Neujahr Bryan

Chief Corporate Brand and Communications Officer

Health systems leave millions of unrealized dollars on the table due to suboptimal charge capture processes that lead to compliance issues and charge capture leakage. To survive on diminishing operating margins and maximize revenue for services rendered, organizations can turn to the Health Catalyst VitalIntegrity™ application. VitalIntegrity is a comprehensive charge capture solution that empowers health systems to take control of their financial future with insight into compliance issues, under- or over-charging, late or missing coding, and any other charge master-related issues. With detailed data into charge capture performance, health systems can increase earned revenue by remediating problems at their root cause and proactively eliminating threats to the revenue cycle.

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