Even now that most healthcare workers have been inoculated against COVID-19 and the vaccine is being rolled out to the public, the devastating pandemic still looms large—particularly for hospitals.
Data analytics has proved useful for surge planning and to track impacts on healthcare providers during the pandemic. Going forward, monitoring key performance indicators such as blood waste, staff utilization, same-day discharge, and vent times can help hospitals preserve resources and contain costs.
And while service line leaders have struggled with how to implement analytics in their day-to-day operations, hospitals and health systems all over the country and around the world have been fast-tracking major technology projects that may have previously been met with resistance.
“What I’m hearing across the board is that organizations are making this stuff happen in days that could have taken years,” said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
“The outbreak is nothing to be happy about, but it has forced a lot of conversations that would have taken years to happen otherwise,” says Enterprise President Tal Heppenstall of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “I think innovation is really driven by need, and the need created by the coronavirus pandemic will drive innovative solutions that can move quickly and be distributed around the world.”
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