Digging into Episode of Care Data to Improve Patient Care

09/07/17
It’s no secret that doctors love data. We love it because it informs which devices we use, our treatment methodologies and how we can improve patient outcomes. And, while the move to value-based care has been a challenge for physicians, I believe the data that is being generated as a result offers an incredible opportunity to advance the quality of care as well as lower costs. A great example of this is the information captured in episodes of care. More

How Your Data Can Help You Drive Change

06/26/17
Have you ever tried to drive change in your organization? If you have, then chances are that you must have encountered some resistance. Perhaps colleagues told you ‘we’ve always done it this way’ and were reluctant to consider your perspective or ideas. More

How the Wrong Data Can Put Patient Safety Work Product Protections at Risk

03/16/17
A key component of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 was the collection of data related to patient safety events for accountability and learning. Fast forward to 2017 and what we often see are organizations placing all quality and safety data into their Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES), reporting it to the Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and calling it Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP). If only it were that simple. More

Data Detectives: Making an Impact in Health Care

02/03/17
One of the reasons I find health care to be such an exciting field to work in is the vast amount of data it produces and the fact that there’s always a unique set of challenges with each data set. And with each challenge, there’s also an opportunity to engineer process improvements that can save money and maybe even lives. More

RSNA 2016: Beyond Imaging - The AI Will Read Your Images Now

01/10/17
No two words struck more fear into the hearts of radiologists in 2016 than “artificial” and “intelligence,” unless you added “deep learning” to the mix. Some radiologists have expressed concern that big imaging data could continue feeding the deep-learning beast to the point where computing power becomes robust enough to replace the radiologist entirely. More

CMS’ Latest Update to Overall Hospital Star Ratings Doesn’t Fix Methodology Issues

11/15/16
As a certified data junkie, I have spent a considerable amount of time studying the composition of the CMS Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program. While I understand and appreciate what CMS is trying to provide patients and the public at large, I am not a fan of the current methodology, which I feel doesn’t result in an accurate reflection of the quality of care hospitals are delivering across our country. More

Implementing Unique Device Identifiers: Are You Ready?

11/02/16
Unique device identifiers (UDIs) have begun their integration into hospitals and their supply chains. Supply chain leaders are preparing to take the next step in their journey to ensure patients receive high quality products that improve outcomes – and the government is helping pave the way. More

If Sherlock Holmes Investigated Health Care Spending

08/02/16
In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s intrepid sleuth observes that “the world is full of obvious things which nobody by chance ever observes.” Many of us who have spent our professional lives in health care have an intuitive belief that genuine multispecialty medical groups deliver care more efficiently than when physician services are fragmented among multiple, largely independent medical groups. More

Chronic Care Strategy: A Cure for What Ails Us?

07/14/16
Rather than any early knockout in one of his epic matches, eulogies last month for boxing legend Muhammad Ali memorialized his three-decade, very public fight against Parkinson’s disease. The once fleet-footed heavyweight champion’s chronic condition, in the words of former president Bill Clinton, “made his life bigger, not smaller” as he championed greater awareness and resources for the condition. More

If Exam Rooms Had Wings: Lessons from the Airlines

05/25/16
Rather than any early knockout in one of his epic matches, eulogies last month for boxing legend Muhammad Ali memorialized his three-decade, very public fight against Parkinson’s disease. The once fleet-footed heavyweight champion’s chronic condition, in the words of former president Bill Clinton, “made his life bigger, not smaller” as he championed greater awareness and resources for the condition. More