Measuring Quality across an Enterprise; What’s the Point?

Measuring Quality across an Enterprise; What’s the Point?

May 30, 2019Healthcare, Process Improvement, Quality, Six Sigma

Why is measuring quality important? Peter Drucker once said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. Quality professionals across different industries have often used this philosophy to recognize current state, encourage continuous improvement and ultimately achieve high level performance for customers and their business. This has become of paramount importance in the healthcare … Read More

The Essential Guide to IPS

The Essential Guide to IPS

March 29, 2019Analytics, Healthcare, Process Improvement

“So, what kind of work do you do?”  Found on page one of the Barber, Cab Driver, and Nervous Airline Seatmate Chit-Chat Handbook, it’s a question that gets asked and answered often.  I happen to be one of the lucky ones who enjoys his job, so I tend to answer with more enthusiasm than the Uber-driving barber … Read More

Improving Hospital Operations and Patient Care Through Inferential Analytics

Improving Hospital Operations and Patient Care Through Inferential Analytics

February 26, 2019Analytics, Healthcare, Pharmacy, Root Cause Analysis

We previously defined predictive analytics as a branch of analytics providing insight into the future. We have a defined outcome, such as a birth or the onset of a hospital acquired illness such as sepsis, and predict the occurrence using statistical and machine learning techniques. However, this doesn’t allow for the study of why the outcome is expected …

Maintaining Clean Preference Cards: Challenges and Strategies

Maintaining Clean Preference Cards: Challenges and Strategies

January 25, 2019Analytics, Healthcare, Process Improvement

“Preference cards are actually low-hanging fruit for any hospital that’s serious about reducing its costs and improving efficiency. All it takes is an initial effort to clean them up so they reflect OR reality, and the discipline to maintain the cards’ integrity and currency over the long term.” – Becker’s Hospital Review Article written by Steve Simco and David DuBose The … Read More