How Analytics Can Help During Flu Outbreaks

Flu outbreak. Young girls using paper tissues while being sick

Every year, thousands of children are hospitalized because of the flu; several dozen to more than 100 children die each year from complications. In the 2019-2020 flu season, there have already been six pediatric deaths from the virus. Experts say this flu season has been off to a strange start, and may peak earlier than usual.

It’s important for health providers not only to know which children need to be vaccinated, but also to understand where there are flu outbreaks and how they might need to readjust their staffing to deal with surges in flu patients. How can they do so? Let’s take a look.

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The Value of Data Trust in Healthcare Analytics

When you’re embarking on a healthcare analytics program, data trust is essential to success. With things like reimbursement rates, patient satisfaction, patient safety, antibiotics usage, and more on the line, you need to know that the numbers you’re relying on to make decisions are trusted and consistent throughout the organization.

However, many healthcare organizations don’t currently have the trust they need in their data. Let’s examine. (more…)

Healthcare Rocks: How Technology Is Helping to Drive Improved Outcomes

Healthcare organizations are tasked with improving in multiple areas – for example, quality, patient safety, patient outcomes, and reducing costs. The right technology can ignite change in these areas and help hospitals and health systems see the results they are looking for.

Showcasing those technologies – and those forward-thinking technologies that promise to deliver results in the future – was the focus of the Delaware Valley/New Jersey HIMSS “Healthcare Rocks” Fall Conference that I attended recently at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Here are some of the highlights. (more…)

How to Improve the Performance of Your Emergency Department

The health of a hospital’s emergency department is critically important, as it is the first line of care for many acute patients. How do you treat your patients in their time of need? Are you able to move them through the hospital quickly and efficiently? How do you make sure your staff stays engaged and motivated?

There are many initiatives hospitals can undertake to ensure optimal performance of their emergency departments. Let’s take a look. (more…)

The State of Healthcare Interoperability in 2019

Healthcare interoperability initiatives have been going on for quite some time now, with varying degrees of success. While some interoperability efforts have been successful and are expanding reach, others have shut down completely.

So what is the state of healthcare interoperability in 2019? New England HIMSS examined this topic in its annual HIE Conference – a day devoted to exploring some of the issues around interoperability and health exchanges. Let’s examine some of the takeaways from the event. (more…)

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare

More diverse organizations see better results. According to McKinsey research, companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity see higher financial returns than their counterparts. In healthcare, a more diverse and inclusive organization provides better care that is more culturally responsive to its community’s needs.

However, many organizations maintain that creating a diverse and inclusive atmosphere is hard. Indeed, diversity, equity, and inclusion must be built in to a healthcare organization’s overall strategy, and there must be ways to measure results. This topic was front and center in the ACHE of Massachusetts’ Conference titled, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare: Tools for Implementing Actionable Strategies.” Here are some highlights. (more…)

Celebrating Women in Healthcare Leadership

Women make up nearly 80% of employees in healthcare. Despite this fact, they are still not well-represented in leadership ranks. According to research by Rock Health, women make up only 27% of hospital boards and 34% of leadership teams.

It is for this reason that women healthcare leaders promoting and lifting up other women is so important. This was the focus of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association’s 18th Annual Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference, held in Framingham, Mass. on September 26th. Here are some highlights from the event.

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3 Projects that Deliver Healthcare Analytics ROI

Healthcare organizations know there’s value in data and value in analyzing it. But many times, they don’t know how to practically implement analytics in their organizations to make real change.

Here’s proof: while two-thirds of organizations have an executive dashboard to support strategic decision-making, only one-third of those that have a dashboard use it on a daily basis to make decisions. That means that in aggregate, less than 1 in 4 healthcare organizations leverages its data at an executive level daily.

So how do you move from theory to practice when it comes to analytics? It can be a journey, so it’s important to take it one step at a time. Here are 3 projects that delivered healthcare analytics ROI that you can emulate at your organization. (more…)