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…)

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…)

Top Advantages of Big Data in The Healthcare Industry

Big data is at the forefront of many industries worldwide, and the healthcare industry is no exception. In the healthcare industry, big data is available in massive amounts, containing the information of human health conditions and activities, and is collected through multiple resources like electronic health records, medical image analysis, wearables and medical devices, and more. As medicine and technology become more advanced, so do the abilities of big data. Here we take a look at some of the top advantages that big data has brought to the healthcare industry. (more…)

Five Ways Data Analytics Support Success with Value-Based Care

With the nation’s healthcare spending projected to top $6 trillion by 2027, regulators and payers are turning to value-based care strategies to curb unnecessary costs while nudging the United States up the list of countries with high-quality patient outcomes.

Value-based care models require healthcare providers to take accountability for the spending and outcomes of a defined population of attributed beneficiaries.  Participants must meet challenging financial and clinical targets in order to gain incentives or avoid negative payment adjustments.

The rapid adoption of value-based care models has put pressure on healthcare organizations to enhance their visibility into the challenges and utilization patterns of their attributed populations in order to stay ahead of avoidable spending.

For that, they need data analytics. (more…)

Physician Burnout: Using Data to Find Possible Causes and Solutions

When we think of the most prestigious careers in America, ‘doctor’ is usually one that ranks near the top of the list. It is surprising, then, that physicians across the country are facing unprecedented levels of burnout, depression, and even suicide. Taking care of at-risk patients is naturally stressful work, but if doctors are too stressed, they are not able to provide the best possible care. That means worse patient outcomes, which can create a feedback loop putting even more pressure on the physicians.

A 2019 survey of over 15,000 physicians by Medscape found that an alarming 44% reported they were feeling symptoms of being burned out. Younger generations of physicians, women, and those who work the most hours seem to be the most affected. What factors are making careers in the medical field so stressful, and what can we do to alleviate that stress? It turns out data can help us figure out these factors and move towards possible solutions. (more…)

How Analytics Can Help During Flu Outbreaks

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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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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…)

3 Ways Analytics Can Help with Adolescent Mental Health

mental health. Backlight of a teenager depressed sitting inside a dirty tunnelAnalytics can help hospitals in many important ways—even in life-saving capacities. There are few use cases as compelling as when analytics can be used to create an intervention that can literally save a life.

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Such is the case with adolescent mental health. Organizations are currently using analytics to track measures and patient care, monitor medication usage, and screen for symptoms of depression. Here’s how. (more…)