Exploring CV Service Line Analytics
Q: Where should heart hospitals begin if they want to start using data analytics?
A: Digitization is the key. Start by identifying areas where paper continues to hide data rather than illuminate care process dynamics. For all digital information, build standards for producing and consuming data so that the data collected has meaning, and those who need the information have access and know what to do with the information available.
Q: What unique challenges do heart hospitals face that can be addressed by healthcare analytics?
A: Understanding biometrics, imaging data, labs, medications, process, and outcomes measures make for a richly complex set of data to leverage to drive value in cardiovascular care.
Q: How can data analytics improve clinical care in a cardiology department?
A: With good data governance, a cardiology department can efficiently care for a variety of patients. With well-controlled processes to ensure proper procedures and medication therapies applied, patient health risks and quality of life are managed effectively.
Q: Who are the end users of an analytics product at a heart hospital? Who else should see that data and analysis?
A: The care teams are the key consumers of analytics products at a heart hospital. Clinical and administrative leaders need to know:
- Whether health care processes are working
- How well they are doing at achieving positive health outcomes for patients
- What the risk profiles of their patient profiles look like compared to those of competitors and across payers
Quality, regulatory, operations, and financial stakeholders also need to understand the dynamics of the clinical, operational, and financial performance of the heart program –and where there are opportunities for improvement or celebration of achievement.
Stay tuned for Part 5 of Spotlight on Analytics, where we'll discuss Predictive Analytics. Parts 3, 2, and 1 are below.