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.


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…)

Congratulations to our Most Wired Customers

Congratulations to Dimensional Insight customers who were named the Most WiredHospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine recently announced its 19th annual Most Wired survey honorees, and I’m happy to report that several of our customers made the list! Congratulations to our 20 healthcare customers that were honored.

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The annual Most Wired survey measures the level of IT adoption within hospitals and health systems. In addition to providing a list of hospitals and health systems that meet the criteria, H&HN also provides some interesting data with the survey. Here are a couple of points that stood out. (more…)

4 Ways BI Can Help Prevent Harm in Healthcare

preventing harmAs healthcare moves away from the traditional fee-for-service compensation and towards value-based care, preventing harm escalates in importance. Risk surrounds almost every aspect of healthcare, so it can be difficult or confusing to track all patients manually. In addition, it usually results in a reactive care process. With so many potential sources for harm, the question becomes: how can you prevent harm in an efficient and accurate way?

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Business intelligence can give you greater insight into your hospital data, and therefore help you more accurately identify ways to reduce harm. Business intelligence allows you to better organize and store information, as well as create alerts when something is potentially wrong. Here are 4 examples of how business intelligence can help your healthcare organization reduce risk by becoming more proactive to potential harm. (more…)

3 Ways Business Intelligence Can Help Control Diabetes

diabetesDiabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the U.S.: doctors diagnose around 1.4 million Americans with diabetes each year. What is perhaps even more alarming is the fact that the number of cases has been increasing. For example, 1 in 3 children born right now will have diabetes. If current trends continue, the number of diabetes patients is expected to double or triple by 2050. Diabetes is also the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.¹ These staggering statistics demonstrate the need for proper control and procedure for treating this disease. What can healthcare organizations do to help those who have diabetes?

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Surprisingly, business intelligence can actually help with diabetes treatment. It can assist providers in identifying risks or gaps in care and analyze data in a timely manner. Here are 3 ways healthcare organizations can use BI to help with diabetes treatments. (more…)

Analytics in the Real World of Healthcare: Improving Surgical Outcomes

We hear a lot about the promise of healthcare analytics, but what is actually being done on the front lines that is making a difference right now? This is the central issue I’m examining in this blog series on “Analytics in the Real World of Healthcare.”

In the first post of this series, I referred to an example of an organization-wide initiative to “move the needle” on important measures associated with cost and quality. This second post looks at analytics from a different perspective: integrating information from clinical processes directly into a closed-loop analytics system to improve direct patient care. Here we’ll take a look at how analytics is being applied to reduce post-surgery mortality rates.

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