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Using Design Thinking to Solve Hospital Readmissions

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics, Healthcare Technology, Our Thots

Healthcare has seen its share of fads over the years. Often, management will roll in something new for us to try and we oblige. Examples of these fads include lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, Business Process Re-engineering, Matrix Management, Management by Objectives, and Activity Based Costing, just to name a few. My theory is that if we can take the …

Better Insights from Messier Data

admin Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Analytics

Ah, perfect data! How we love you! OK, we all know that perfect data is an oxymoron. Usually, we are happy with “pretty good data.” But in the Healthcare Analytics field “pretty good data” usually means data from Clinical Trials where everything is set and charted in a controlled environment with known entities. This data is “pretty good” because it …

Predictive Analytics—Black Box or Pandora’s Box?

admin Analytics Competencies, Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics, Our Thots

Predictive analytics is infiltrating nearly every industry and is something increasingly part of the general public’s vocabulary. It has been applied to everything from terrorism risk assessment to tailoring the retail coupons we receive in the mail. But these methods have a downside. Some individuals perceive predictive analytics as merely profiling that could be discriminatory in nature if all it does is …

It Takes a Healthcare Analytics Team

admin Healthcare Analytics, Our Thots

I am writing this from a patient’s room in ICU. I came across this interesting article on healthcare analytics https://www.healthcatalyst.com/healthcare-analytics-best-practices describing the 3 phases of data capture, provisioning, and analysis. I was always taught there were 4 phases: access, manage, analyze, and present. The article leaves out presentation, which is important to create reports and graphs in a meaningful way. What struck me …

Registries are the Latest Casualty of Data Blocking Efforts

admin Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Analytics, Healthcare Technology

Many critical of our healthcare data infrastructure point out that ‘data blocking‘ is a barrier to interoperability.  This is where the vendor holding EHR data either directly or indirectly makes it difficult to impossible to share data.  Vendors say that purposeful data blocking is not common while others say that providers are more at fault as they don’t want to …

Are Our Healthcare Data Challenges Really Unique?

admin Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Analytics

One of the great things about this world is we all think that we are unique.  And as human beings, that’s generally true.  From the organizational perspective, we also tend to believe this about our data and processes, industry as a whole. This article talks about why Healthcare data is so difficult to measure because it is unique. The article then goes …

4 Ways Healthcare Analytics are at the Heart of Patient-Centeredness

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Patient-centeredness is becoming another buzz-phrase as the focus on population health means that policy makers and healthcare organizations are both realizing that the only way to move the needle on costs is to cue in on the overall patient experience. But the ‘buzz’ shouldn’t be seen as a fad. Instead, patient-centeredness is a return to what should really matter to …