What the Data Tells Us about Social Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes

We’re still getting in a lot of data about COVID-19, but one thing is already clear: the disease has disproportionately affected people along racial, ethnic, and income lines. The phrase “social determinants of health” has been widely discussed in healthcare circles over the last year or so, and nowhere are the implications of where one lives and works on such stark display as when it comes to COVID-19 outcomes.

In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the racial, ethnic, and income data around COVID-19 outcomes and look at how the data can inform healthcare providers moving forward. Let’s take a look. (more…)

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Care at Children’s Hospitals

Illness child on home quarantine. Boy and his teddy bear both in protective medical masks sits on windowsill and looks out window. Virus protection, coronavirus pandemic, prevention epidemic.There have been some disturbing new developments as it relates to children and the COVID-19 pandemic, with several children in North America and Europe coming down with an inflammatory response to COVID-19. That development is now top of mind when it comes to how children’s hospitals are treating kids during this pandemic.

We previously examined how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected operations at children’s hospitals. It has also changed several aspects of clinical care to children. And analytics is helping children’s hospitals better navigate the challenges. Let’s examine. (more…)

Survey Says: EHR Analytics Users Challenged by Slow Reporting and Lack of Advanced Analytics

Over the last several years, many EHR vendors have rolled out analytics components. What we had anecdotally heard from hospitals and health systems was that these components were lacking in their robustness and ability to provide an executive-level look at data touching all areas of the organization. Was that actually the case? We decided to survey hospitals and health systems to see if this assertion was backed by data.

In Q1 of 2020, Dimensional Insight sponsored a survey by Definitive Healthcare in which it asked 108 healthcare leaders about their experience with EHR analytics. What the data shows is that users of EHR analytics are less satisfied with their analytics solution than with in-house solutions or analytics-specific platforms, and that they face some significant challenges with the software. Here’s a closer look at some of the key data points.

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Thinking Outside the To-Go Box: How Bars and Restaurants are Innovating During the Pandemic

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Bars and restaurants – once the center of social activity for millions of Americans – have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Restaurant Association estimates that the restaurant industry has lost more than 3 million jobs and $25 billion in sales since March 1, and the numbers keep growing.

Many in the industry have tried to adapt by converting operations to take-out only, but clearly, this is a stop-gap measure. Other bars and restaurants are taking it a step further, hoping that their innovative approaches lead to higher sales than the takeout-only approach and foster customer loyalty that extends post-pandemic. Let’s examine. (more…)

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Children’s Hospital Operations

We’ve all heard that COVID-19 generally does not affect children as much as it affects adults. Which means children’s hospitals aren’t as affected by the pandemic as adult acute care hospitals are, right? Wrong.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the good work being done at pediatric institutions across the country. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the challenges children’s hospitals are facing, and see how healthcare analytics can help out. (more…)

How Analytics can Help Hospitals Better Manage their ICUs

For the past few weeks, hospital intensive care units (ICUs) have been at the forefront of conversations surrounding hospital readiness and capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical for hospital administrators to understand capacity and resources in order to provide high-quality care to patients.

ICUs have a unique set of challenges due to the acuity of patients, the types of resources needed (such as ventilators), and higher per-patient levels of staffing and necessary specializations. An analytics platform can help give insights into these challenges. Let’s take a look. (more…)

COVID-19 Analytics Toolkit Available for Healthcare Providers

As healthcare providers mobilize in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, their data is an important guide in helping them understand where their resources are being used and what their capacity is as new patients come in.

In order to help healthcare providers as they try to gain insight into their operations and capacity, Dimensional Insight is now offering a COVID-19 analytics toolkit. Here are some of the details. (more…)

The Growth of Telehealth and How Analytics Can Support It

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers don’t want patients to come into the hospital or go to their doctor’s office unless critically necessary. That means telemedicine is quickly soaring in popularity. Healthcare providers are able to see patients remotely and determine whether they need to be seen in person or if they can treat themselves at home with rest and meds.

Use of telehealth has grown rapidly over the last several years, more than doubling in use since 2010, according to the American Hospital Association. (35% of hospitals used telehealth in 2010 vs. 76% in 2017 – the last year for which data is available.) However, that use within hospitals is not necessarily widespread and there are still hurdles to overcome when deploying telehealth. In this blog post, we’ll examine the current telehealth landscape and how healthcare analytics can help providers in their telehealth efforts. (more…)

Leveraging Social Determinants of Health Is Easier than You Think

There’s been a lot of discussion over the last several months in the healthcare world about social determinants of health – or SDOH. These are factors that relate to a person’s physical environment and social circumstances that impact their well-being.

Social determinants of health account for up to 80% of the impact of an individual’s health, but that data accounts for only about 20% of the information collected in a healthcare setting. That’s why providers are now looking for ways to better incorporate SDOH into population health datasets. There are some easy ways to do so – let’s examine. (more…)

What You Should Include on Your COVID-19 Dashboard

In a health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a lot that feels uncontrollable. And rightfully so. But for healthcare providers and their institutions that are treating COVID-19 patients, there are some steps that can be taken to get a better handle on the situation before them.

An organization’s data is a powerful tool that can be used to better understand patient flow and census – and this is especially valuable during a pandemic. How can you harness that data and present it in an accessible way for your entire care team? Here are some tips for what you should include on your COVID-19 dashboard. (more…)