Improvement

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Taylor Larsen

Optimize Your Healthcare Data Quality Investment: Three Ways to Accelerate Time to Value and Prepare for the Future

Healthcare organizations increasingly rely on data to inform strategic decisions. This growing dependence makes ensuring data across the organization is fit for purpose more critical than ever. Decision-making challenges associated with pandemic-driven urgency, variety of data, and lack of resources have further highlighted the critical importance of healthcare data quality and prompted more focus and investment. However, many data quality initiatives are too narrow in focus and reactive in nature or take longer than expected to demonstrate value. This leaves organizations unprepared for future events, like COVID-19, that require a rapid enterprisewide analytic response.
What are some actionable ways you can help your organization guard against the data quality challenges uncovered this past year and better prepare to respond in the future? Join our live webinar with Taylor Larsen, Director of Data Quality for Health Catalyst, to learn more.
What You’ll Learn

How data profiling and data quality assessments, in combination with your data catalog, can increase data quality transparency, expedite root cause analysis, and close data quality monitoring gaps.
How to leverage AI to reduce data quality monitoring configuration and maintenance time and improve accuracy.
How defining data quality based on its measurable utility (i.e., data represents information that supports better decisions) can provide a scalable way to ensure data are fit for purpose and avoid cost outstripping return.

Farhana Nakhooda
Larry Lofgreen

2021 Asia-Pacific Healthcare Trends: Growing Digitization, Universal Health Coverage, and More (White Paper)

Along with the rest of the globe, 2021 healthcare trends across Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries will center on COVID-19 recovery and resuming the healthcare improvement journey. In the APAC region, however, a mix of developed and developing countries poses unique challenges, as healthcare access and basic infrastructure vary widely between urban and rural populations and economic levels. To shepherd healthcare out of the pandemic and enhance delivery overall in 2021, APAC nations will focus on increasing investment in digital health (including virtual care, machine learning, and EMR adoption), achieving universal health coverage, shifting more towards value, and improving payer-provider relationships.

Jason Jones, PhD

Expanding AI in Healthcare: Introducing the New Healthcare.AI™ by Health Catalyst

The New Healthcare.AI offering from Health Catalyst is a transformational suite of products and expert services that address the wider array of critical business issues. Healthcare.AI dramatically broadens the use and uses cases for effective AI within your organization. Join Jason Jones, Chief Analytics and Data Science Officer, as he shares tools and approaches to serve a growing breadth of stakeholders needing faster turnaround and smaller margins for error.
What You’ll Learn

How to expand the use cases where AI is applied.
How to integrate AI into everyday workflow and decisions.
How to increase your success rate in AI adoption.

Pat Rocap
Deb Gordon

Healthcare Consumerism and Cost: Dispelling the Myth of Price Transparency

Join Deb Gordon, seasoned healthcare executive and author of the book, “The Health Care Consumer’s Manifesto: How to Get the Most for Your Money,” and Pat Rocap, Director of Cost Management Services at Health Catalyst, as they examine the importance of understanding the relationship between cost and pricing as the path to transparency for consumers. Deb and Pat will provide expert analysis and practical advice to help you become a savvier provider and consumer when it comes to healthcare pricing and spending.

Health Catalyst Editors

Improving Sepsis Care: Three Paths to Better Outcomes

Sepsis affects at least 1.7 million U.S. adults per year, making it a pivotal improvement opportunity for healthcare organizations. The condition, however, has proven problematic for health systems. Common challenges including differentiating between sepsis and a patient’s acute illness and data access. In response, organizations must have comprehensive, timely data and advanced analytics capabilities to understand sepsis within their populations and monitor care programs. These tools can help organizations identify sepsis, intervene early, save lives, and sustain improvements over time.

Kevin Scharnhorst

Cloud Cybersecurity: Strategies for Managing Vendor Risk

As more organizations shift away from on-premise architectures toward the cloud or hybrid hosting models, critical cybersecurity concerns emerge. Organizations, especially health systems, should carefully examine the shared responsibility model in partnership with their cloud vendor.
Join Kevin Scharnhorst, Health Catalyst Chief Information Security Officer, as he shares perspectives on how your organization’s security program, through adherence to standards-based policy and procedures, can align with your cloud vendor on reduced organizational risk.

Health Catalyst

Population Health Analytics Enables Improved Quality Increasing Revenue by Nearly $1M

Advanced payment models incentivize Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to deliver high-quality care and close gaps in care for members, thereby earning shared savings and increasing profits. However, in order to succeed and identify gaps in care, ACOs must be able to rely on solid data and analytics to avoid losing income that could be invested back into patient care. Utilizing its analytics platform and a quality measures solution has allowed Hospital Sisters Health System to close care gaps, improve ACO quality measures performance, and enhance reporting accuracy and effectiveness.

Farhana Nakhooda
Larry Lofgreen

2021 Asia-Pacific Healthcare Trends: Growing Digitization, Universal Health Coverage, and More

Along with the rest of the globe, 2021 healthcare trends across Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries will center on COVID-19 recovery and resuming the healthcare improvement journey. In the APAC region, however, a mix of developed and developing countries poses unique challenges, as healthcare access and basic infrastructure vary widely between urban and rural populations and economic levels. To shepherd healthcare out of the pandemic and enhance delivery overall in 2021, APAC nations will focus on increasing investment in digital health (including virtual care, machine learning, and EMR adoption), achieving universal health coverage, shifting more towards value, and improving payer-provider relationships.

Health Catalyst

Transforming Care Saves Millions and Improves Patient Outcomes

Thibodaux Regional Health System wanted to further improve the level of physician engagement required for successful healthcare transformation, prompting the organization to launch a targeted initiative. Guided by insights delivered through its data platform and analytics, the newly formed steering team analyzes past performance and determines which care processes require the focus of the care transformation team. Thibodaux Regional’s care transformation initiative has effectively engaged stakeholders to achieve patient-centered excellence. In only three years, the organization has achieved significant results.

Health Catalyst Editors

Five Steps for Better Patient Access to Healthcare

While patient access challenges have been ongoing in healthcare, COVID-19 further stressed access infrastructure. Stay-at-home orders, temporary halts on in-person primary visits, transportation challenges, and more resulted in deferred or missed care. Meanwhile, pandemic-era workarounds, such as a shift to virtual care, have pushed a more digitized patient experience. As healthcare consumers and providers increasingly relying on touchless and asynchronous processes, health systems are discovering opportunities to improve patient access and the overall experience.
With the following five steps in a patient access improvement framework, organizations can scale and sustain innovations and lessons learned during the pandemic:

Create a patient access task force.
Assess barriers to patient access.
Turn access barriers into opportunities.
Implement an improved patient access plan.
Scale and sustain better patient access.

Health Catalyst

Smartsourcing Clinical Data Abstraction Improves Quality, Reduces Costs, and Optimizes Team Member Engagement

Health Catalyst smartsourced two of its clients’ clinical chart abstraction efforts to significantly reduce costs, improve value, and optimize team member engagement. Banner Health and Community Health Network (CHNw) were collectively spending more than $10 million annually to manually abstract clinical measures for submission to CMS, NSQIP, tumor registries, and more than a dozen cardiovascular registries. The smartsourced relationship, leveraging the Health Catalyst® Data Operating System™ platform and a robust suite of analytics applications and improvement services has reduced costs, enhanced data quality, and improved the team member experience for these organizations.

Health Catalyst

Denials Management Analytics Reduces Denials by Nearly $5M

On average, claim denials cost each healthcare provider $5 million every year. This loss of revenue resulting from claim denials is a concern for healthcare providers. Billings Clinic sought to determine the cause of claim denials and realized that it needed an analytics solution that could integrate data from multiple sources. The health system leveraged its data platform and analytics applications to pinpoint the sources of the denials, allowing the organization to implement prevention plans and procedures for recovering the denials. Billings Clinic achieved significant results, including:

Health Catalyst Editors

Three Strategies to Deliver Patient-Centered Care in the Next Normal

Juggling financial demands, uncertain healthcare legislation, and COVID-19 can distract healthcare leaders from the most important aspect of care—patients. Delivering patient-centered care in this volatile market can be challenging, especially when traditional healthcare methods (e.g., in-person visits) are on hold. These sudden disruptions to routine care have highlighted the importance of keeping patients at the center of care, whether care delivery is in-person or virtual. Health systems can manage competing priorities, adjust to pandemic-induced changes, and deliver patient-centered care by focusing on three strategies:

Improve the patient experience.
Implement the Meaningful Measures Initiative.
Transition in-person visits to virtual.

Health Catalyst

Analytics and Provider Operations Support Generates Nearly $2M in Shared Savings

Acuitas Health was challenged to identify opportunities for shared savings, reducing cost while also improving quality outcomes. Using Acuitas Health’s advanced analytics, providers and payers can now connect, communicate, and share insights that enable the organizations to identify opportunities to decrease costs for all partners, and increase outcomes that yield benefits in several areas, including quality improvement, claims optimization, and risk adjustment.

Health Catalyst

Using Analytics to Automate Heart Failure Data Aggregation

For each heart failure admission, registered nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust collected data from five different sources, and then filled out a 10-page form for each patient. Information from the forms was then manually entered into the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) web portal. This manual process for data collection and reporting was not only time-consuming and resource-intensive—but was also highly susceptible to error. To address these challenges, the organization leveraged the Health Catalyst® Data Operating System (DOS™) to integrate the data from the five source systems and extract data for nearly all of the elements required for heart failure readmissions—streamlining the NICOR submission process and improving data quality and accuracy.

Kyle Salyers

Innovative Healthcare Partnerships: Making the Most of Merging Resources and Capabilities

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions performed solidly in 2020, despite the downturn in the U.S. economy and healthcare in general. Organizations responded to new challenges by partnering with each other to build core business strengths, address gaps in care delivery the pandemic exposed, and enhance their resources to navigate current and future crises.
Realizing the potential of emerging healthcare partnerships requires an open and scalable analytics infrastructure plus a cultural and contractual openness to allow innovation to flourish. Organizations that have adopted an open analytics platform have the data operating advantage to form partnerships, efficiently and smoothly bring best-of-breed solutions to market, and enable the innovative potential of collaborations.

Health Catalyst

Analytics Reveal AAA Programme Improvement Success

As part of its efforts to improve the timeliness of care for patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust needed to collect data to guide care redesign, help assess the impact of specific interventions, and gauge progress toward desired outcomes. Guy’s and St Thomas’ implemented the Health Catalyst® Data Operating System (DOS™) platform, including a Referral Pathway analytics application, allowing the organization to aggregate and standardize data across source systems. Improved data and analytics have enabled Guy’s and St Thomas’ to analyze, evaluate, and monitor outcomes for the entire AAA cohort and evaluate operational performance and associated patient outcomes.

Health Catalyst Editors

Shifting to Value-Based Care: Four Strategies Emphasize Agility

As the healthcare payment shift from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based reimbursement takes longer than expected, health systems must balance existing volume-based models with a growing emphasis on value. Organizations are in different phases of the journey from volume to value, and policies continue to evolve. In response, the industry’s best stance is to sustain FFS revenue while following guidelines and strategies to be increasingly ready for value.
Organizations can use four methods to remain agile as they navigate the limbo between volume and value:

Understand the first ten years of value-based care and prepare for what’s next.
Identify essential strategies for shifting from volume to value.
Leverage the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Use population health management as a path to value.

Health Catalyst Editors

The Key to Better Healthcare Decision Making

When healthcare leaders make data-driven decisions, they often think they see the same thing in the data and assume they’re drawing the same conclusions. However, decision makers often discover later that they were looking at the data differently and didn’t derive the same insights, leading to ineffective and unsustainable choices. Healthcare leaders can manage differing data interpretations by using statistical process control (SPC) methodology to find focus, avoid divergent data interpretations, make better decisions, and monitor change for a sustainable future. By deriving concise insights, SPC separates the signal from the noise, augmenting leaders’ decision-making capabilities.