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It’s that time of year again when we take a retrospective look at the year gone by before we start looking ahead to 2019. We had a busy year here on the blog, where we wrote about a wealth of topics ranging from predictive analytics to blockchain to workplace culture to customer successes.

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There was so much great content on the blog this year – and so much that you read and enjoyed! So without further ado, here are the Top 10 blog posts of this year for you to peruse again and share.

#1: 3 Examples of How Hospitals Are Using Predictive Analytics

It seemed everyone was talking about predictive analytics, AI, and machine learning this year and looking for how organizations can use it to make an impact. This blog post examines three ways hospitals today are successfully putting predictive analytics into action.

#2: 3 Advantages to Using Simulation in Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics can be divided into two approaches: pattern recognition and simulation. While pattern recognition is the most common approach, simulation is a more human alternative to understanding business problems, predicting future trends, and recommending optimum decisions. This blog post explains the essentials of simulation and highlights the advantages.

#3: Microhospitals: How a New Healthcare Model Leverages Business Intelligence

In order to deliver fast, convenient emergency care to communities, a new type of hospital is popping up: the microhospital. These facilities typically have 6 to 10 inpatient beds and are designed to handle critical medical situations like any ER at a full-sized hospital.

Tandem Hospital Partners, a Dimensional Insight customer, operates several microhospitals for health systems across the country. The company is using Diver analytics to integrate multiple ER systems, minimize wait times, and deliver insights into hospital operations. You can learn more in this blog post.

#4: How Hospitals Are Innovating and Adapting for the Future

What does the future look like for healthcare? How will organizations need to adapt to new realities? In this blog post, learn about the steps healthcare systems are taking today in order to be better prepared for the realities of tomorrow.

#5: Healthcare Consolidation: What to Watch for in 2018

There’s been a lot of consolidation in healthcare over the last several years, and 2018 was no exception, with the CVS-Aetna merger taking center stage.

This blog post provided some insight into three trends in healthcare consolidation and what to watch for in the year ahead. Did those trends come to fruition? Read the post and decide for yourself.

Word cloud of the most popular words in our Top 10 blog posts of 2018

Word cloud of the most popular words in our Top 10 blog posts of 2018

#6: Dimensional Insight Book Club: The Culture Code

In 2018, we started the Dimensional Insight Book Club, in which members of our staff read a book and share the learnings with our blog readers. We had a great year of book selections, including the book featured in our #6 most popular blog post, The Culture Code.

The Culture Code talks about organizational culture and how a positive culture can improve business results. It also gives practical tips on how companies can improve their culture.

#7: How Healthcare Organizations Are Using Analytics to Promote Patient Safety

As part of Patient Safety Awareness Week, we wrote this blog post highlighting ways some of our customers are using analytics in their patient safety efforts. These three customers (Sarasota Memorial, Mount Sinai Health System, and Baptist Health South Florida) are all using Diver to support patient safety and quality initiatives and are seeing improved patient outcomes as a result.

#8: Takeaways from the 2018 Gartner Data & Analytics Summit

In March, we attended the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in London, and this blog post had some key takeaways from the show. Among Gartner’s top agenda items: 1) the importance of data trust; 2) the emergence of AI and augmented analytics; and 3) the importance of data literacy in organizations.

#9: How Culture Can Positively Impact Healthcare Outcomes

Our review of the book The Culture Code examined how a positive culture can impact companies’ business results. This blog post took a look specifically at how a positive culture in healthcare can improve patient outcomes.

Factors in particular that contribute to better outcomes in healthcare include:

  • Support for clinicians from senior leadership
  • Staff empowerment to solve problems
  • Establishment of a blame-free environment

#10: How Will Blockchain Technology Impact Healthcare?

2018 saw a lot of discussion around blockchain, and how it could be used in different market segments. This blog post examined how healthcare in particular could benefit from blockchain. Some potential uses of the technology are for patient medical records, cybersecurity and privacy, collaboration and governance, and data and analytics.

Looking ahead to 2019

As we close the books on 2018, I’d like to say thank you to all of you who read and comment on our blog. I hope we have provided you with useful content throughout the year, and we hope to continue doing so in 2019. From all of us at Dimensional Insight, have a restful end to 2018, and may you have a very happy new year ahead!

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Kathy is director of healthcare marketing at Dimensional Insight. She also manages media relations as well as the company blog. Kathy graduated from Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing her MBA in health sector management at Boston University.
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