Data analytics tools: The struggle is real, study finds 

Data-driven decision-making for cost containment and quality improvement initiatives has increasingly proven its worth with insights empowering hospitals to make changes for the better. But progress has been stalled by gaps in interoperability and siloed data, with executives stymied and unable to use analytics to their full potential.

According to a new survey by HIMSS Analytics, only one out of four healthcare organizations are leveraging their data at an executive level on an everyday basis, and while 67.9 percent have an executive dashboard to support strategic decision-making, just 35.1 percent of those organizations are using it daily.

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 07/18/2019 Categories: analytics CVIS interoperability

Reduce CT vent time to cut costs, increase care quality 

Prolonged post-operative ventilation times drive costs higher and have an adverse effect on patient outcomes. But even with improvements in technology and care pathways, variation in vent times still plagues service line leaders.

Though numerous studies have demonstrated that early extubation within six to eight hours of cardiothoracic surgery can be a safe way of eliminating unnecessary costs and even improving quality, this opportunity is often missed, according to a report in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery (ATS). 

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 07/11/2019 Categories: best practices quality

What we’ve learned: How to save $1M in your CV service line 

The United States spends more per capita on healthcare than any other industrialized nation yet ranks at the bottom of the list for quality of care. Where some see a problem, Matt Esham sees the chance to do better.

“That delta between being the biggest spender and having the worst outcomes equals an opportunity,” says LUMEDX’s Director of Business Intelligence.

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 06/27/2019 Categories: analytics healthcare analytics HealthView Analytics performance value-based care

Meeting the Triple Aim by switching from femoral to radial access  

Although 90-95 percent of cardiac catheterizations in the U.S. are performed through the femoral artery, radial access has been found to be a safer, faster, more comfortable, and more cost-efficient approach.

Here are some of the reasons why providers should consider switching to radial access in their quest for the Triple Aim—better patient satisfaction, improved care and lower costs.

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New study puts $4.6B price tag on physician burnout 

While physician burnout’s negative effect on clinical and organizational outcomes is not quantifiable, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has put a dollar figure on the cost to the U.S. healthcare industry—a staggering $4.6 billion annually.

That’s a figure that provides a clear economic incentive for those in charge to invest in ways to alleviate and remediate physician burnout, which leads to high turnover and a reduction in clinical hours billed.

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 06/06/2019 Categories: Duke EHR electronic health records physician burnout

Finances top hospital execs list of concerns 

That the financial challenge of running a hospital ranked as the top concern in an annual study by the American College of Healthcare Executives should come as little surprise to anyone in the industry. Overwhelmed by the fact that revenues are growing at a considerably slower pace than ever before, providers are left scrambling for ways to bring down expenses without sacrificing quality.

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Posted by Jana Ballinger 03/04/2019 Categories: ACC American College of Cardiology analytics healthcare analytics performance