Leveraging Nursing Experience to Optimize Staffing

Leveraging Nursing Experience to Optimize Staffing

August 30, 2019Analytics, Continuous Improvement, Data, Healthcare, Process Improvement

The last time we talked about nurse staffing, we discussed that not all patients are created equally, and the needs of one patient will fluctuate over the course of an inpatient stay. Using electronic health records we can harvest patient data to adjust for an individual patient’s acuity at various points in time to understand nurse staffing requirements. In … Read More

Measuring Quality Across an Enterprise; Challenges and Strategies

Measuring Quality Across an Enterprise; Challenges and Strategies

July 25, 2019Analytics, Continuous Improvement, Data, Process Improvement, Quality

You can find the first part of this miniseries in the May blog post: Measuring Quality across an Enterprise; What’s the Point? We discuss why measuring quality is important and what components should be measured. In today’s post, we will dive into different challenges in measuring and executing on quality initiatives.  The Data and Tools  It can be challenging to ensure the right data … Read More

Using EHR Data to Optimize Inpatient Staffing

Using EHR Data to Optimize Inpatient Staffing

June 21, 2019Continuous Improvement, Data, Healthcare, Process Improvement

Electronic Health Records (EHR) store a wealth of information about patients, outcomes, clinical pathways, timing, and so much more. How can this information be tapped into to optimize nurse staffing? The wealth of clinical and census data allows hospitals to move beyond standard nurse to patient ratios. Patients require differing levels of nursing care and nurses have … Read More

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 Role of Data in Healthcare Problem Solving

The Role of Data in Healthcare Problem Solving

April 26, 2019Data, Healthcare

Organizations are trying to leverage the mountains, lakes, stacks, libraries, and warehouses of data to solve the vast array of clinical, operational, and financial needs they face every day. This comes with several challenges.

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

The IPS Service Delivery Process (SDP)

The IPS Service Delivery Process (SDP)

December 20, 2018Continuous Improvement, Healthcare, Operational Excellence

In early 2018, IPS embarked on a journey to standardize the way we deliver our services to our clients. As a company that emphasizes performance improvement with our clients, we like to practice what we preach and take time to improve our internal processes and optimize ourselves. The objective was to craft a process that would keep our projects on track, on budget, and delivering great value …

Applying Process Improvement and Data Science to Pinpoint Root Causes

Applying Process Improvement and Data Science to Pinpoint Root Causes

November 20, 2018Data Science, Healthcare, Pharmacy, Process Improvement, Root Cause Analysis

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than trying to solve them.” — Henry Ford How do we apply process improvement and data science to pinpoint root causes? Previously, we discussed one of the fundamental tools in prescriptive analytics: simulation.  We looked at the inpatient pharmacy as an example and demonstrated the massive amount of … Read More