As healthcare policies continue to emphasize value-based care, the tracking and management of data has become more important in radiology than ever before. And while turnaround time was once the primary metric used for measuring quality of care and service throughout the imaging industry, it is no longer the only game in town.
A recent report on best practices in forecasting has the potential for long-range positive impact in many fields, including medical research and the development and operation of healthcare provider organizations.
Will Latham, principal of Latham Consulting Group (Charlotte, NC), is in the business of helping medical groups make decisions and resolve conflicts—which means teaching the art of negotiation.
Reducing readmissions remains one of the most difficult challenges for hospitals everywhere. Members of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), however, have been working together to reduce the incidence of hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge—and their performance runs far ahead of the national average.
A carefully managed electronic data warehouse is a key component of improved patient care in any health-care practice and is surprisingly easy to build on and improve, once you begin the implementation process. Those were the key points of “Use of Registry Tools to Improve Care,” presented by David Howes, MD, in San Diego, California, on October 7, 2013, at the annual conference of the Medical Group Management Association. Howes is president and CEO of Martin's Point® HealthCare (Portland, Maine), a nonprofit health-care organization.
Non-profit hospitals have to do it every three years to comply with the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), but probably any hospital or clinic would benefit by conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
Data governance and discipline are keys to building a modern, maximally efficient enterprise business intelligence (EBI) platform for health care. The actual technology must be secondary to the organizational activities that go into building an EBI platform designed to serve the business information needs of the organization. The data, not the technology, should be the point of control.
Although radiology has employed clinical analytics for more than a decade, the field is in its infancy. Nonetheless, the possibilities are tantalizing—if technological, economic, political, and interoperability hurdles can be cleared.