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