Scale and Scalability: What’s the Right Scale for Analysis

Last year I attended an online seminar hosted by a large New England hospital. The speaker summarized some of the operational research and analytics that he and his team had developed using the hospital’s data. By pulling a variety of data from the hospital’s EHR - everything from demographic data to vital signs - and running fairly sophisticated models, they [...]

By |2020-07-23T15:10:40+00:00July 23rd, 2020|

Best Practices for COVID-19 Data Management

As the COVID-19 pandemic quickly became our clients’ top priority many of them turned to us for support in tracking, managing, and reporting their growing COVID-19 population. We had emergency late-night and early morning meetings that augmented existing analytics dashboards with relevant data feeds ranging from very granular patient-level reporting to data aggregated by unit, hospital, county, and even state. [...]

By |2020-06-11T14:26:01+00:00June 11th, 2020|

The Importance of Managing Killer Data

I was recently talking with a power-user at a client hospital. She’s a senior data analyst and combines a rigorous engineering mindset with a deep cultural understanding of how the hospital actually works. She’s off-the-charts organized and confident in her work. While making small talk before a meeting, I asked her: “Do you have a clinical background — have you [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:39:33+00:00February 11th, 2020|

Validating Validation: How to Really Know Data is Accurate and Complete

Patients sending their physician a photo of a mole or other physical presentations of disease are often disappointed to learn they still need to be seen in person for a final diagnosis and treatment plan. While phone camera quality has improved greatly in the decade since they were first introduced, for many diagnoses there’s no substitute for being seen in [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:42:37+00:00October 22nd, 2019|

Data Tolerances and Intolerances

We all know getting accurate hospital data can be a challenge. These barriers have lowered expectations industry-wide for what counts as a usable data set. But it has lowered our tolerances in other ways as well. I was recently reading a peer-reviewed article in a respectable journal on various methods the author used to improve surgical block time utilization. In [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:43:29+00:00September 24th, 2019|

3 Steps to a Highly Successful Client IT Integration Project

Data is the foundation on which Hospital IQ’s predictive analytics platform is built. But getting the required data from hospitals is not always easy. Hospital IT departments are typically overworked and understaffed. Furthermore, external data requests from vendors typically take lower priority than internal requests from known entities. Given this challenging environment, we’ve found three universal principles that accelerate any [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:43:48+00:00September 3rd, 2019|

Engaging Stakeholders to Leverage Data

If you work in the healthcare industry, you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting someone proselytizing about the importance of data. Big data, small data, data silos, data warehouses, data lakes, data-driven organizations. It’s all about data. The processes and sources that generate raw data can sometimes be opaque and hidden from end-users behind layers of cleaning and [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:46:50+00:00April 18th, 2019|

Making Hospital Data More Persona(l) with Persona-based Reporting

We know different team members in the hospital have different needs when it comes to business intelligence. For instance, a nursing staff director will have different requirements than a perioperative command center lead. So it’s only natural that when it comes to hospital reporting and analytics, a persona-based reporting model delivers the greatest insights. But in practice, this approach has [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:47:02+00:00March 26th, 2019|

The One Metric That Every Hospital Forgets to Measure

As an executive or clinician in a hospital, there are metrics that you monitor to understand how well you are doing operationally and clinically. Your performance may even be partially determined based on some of them. At a surface level, most metrics seem obvious and there may be an implicit assumption that they are obviously correct. If everyone else in [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:49:26+00:00February 6th, 2019|

Data Language: Why IT Needs a Seat at the Table

Co-authored by Ben Resner and Brandon Azoulai. Hospitals have historically been focused on providing an environment where doctors and nurses can provide excellent care for patients. In more recent years, pharmacists, physical therapists, dieticians, and many other allied health professions have been added to the core patient care team. However, IT professionals have traditionally been excluded from this team. This [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:50:18+00:00November 30th, 2018|
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