How can hospitals use real-time analytics to improve care quality, delivery? The sky's the limit

With healthcare organizations gathering reams of data every minute and with advanced analytics software readily available, practically the only thing that can prevent data insights from transforming clinician workflows and patient outcomes is a lack of creativity.

During a panel titled "Real-Time Analytics to Improve Operational Efficiency and Clinical Care" at the Becker's Hospital Review Health IT + Revenue Cycle conference in Chicago in October, four healthcare leaders discussed how their organizations are using constantly updated data sources to address industry challenges and improve patient care.

The panelists included Mike Fletcher, MD, CMO of Greenfield, Ind.-based Hancock Regional Hospital; Anupam Goel, MD, chief health information officer at UnitedHealthcare Clinical Services; Catherine Tinsley, vice president of medical data analytics and informatics at Munster, Ind.-based Community Healthcare System; and Nekohl Johnson, assistant director of clinical operations of pathology laboratories at University of Illinois at Chicago and health sciences adjunct professor at South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill.

Here are three key notes from their discussion:

  • To increase adoption of real-time reporting, therefore triggering behavior changes among hospital staff, it is imperative to highlight the "why" — that is, the positive impact analytics will have on each member of an organization.
  • A predominant challenge in utilizing data analytics is the concept of "garbage in, garbage out," in which data that is inaccurate, indecipherable or flawed in some way will produce equally flawed analytics.
  • The potential of using analytics to improve efficiency and outcomes is limited only by physician creativity; hospitals and health systems have massive amounts of data at their fingertips thanks to EHR systems, with limitless opportunities for using that data to improve care quality and delivery.

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