MercyOne Des Moines Implements New Tasking Feature

Beth Woodvine is a Clinical Staff Leader in the House Supervisors and Staffing Department at MercyOne Des Moines. This blog is an edited version of a podcast with Beth Woodvine. You can listen to the full conversation in the player here: Hospital IQ · MercyOne Des Moines Implements New Tasking Feature When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Iowa, MercyOne Des Moines [...]

By |2020-06-22T20:07:47+00:00June 18th, 2020|

COVID-19 Doesn’t Change What We Do, It Changes How We Do It

In normal times, Hospital IQ’s solutions use Intelligent Automation to dynamically align capacity to demand by giving our customers a 7-day census forecast, staffing needs, and discharge automation. But providing accurate forecasts can be difficult at the moment with so much still unknown about COVID-19. Transmission rates, hospitalization rates, whether the virus can be contracted for a second time, patient [...]

By |2020-05-13T18:33:48+00:00April 6th, 2020|

AI in Healthcare Operations – A Year in Review

As we end one year (let alone one decade) and start another, it’s important to look back to understand what we learned throughout the year. Hospital IQ had a successful year where we saw our solutions make a major impact on our customers’ operations. Driving an impact with AI doesn’t happen by simply creating a dashboard or delivering a report [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:41:16+00:00January 7th, 2020|

Pragmatically Flexible Software Development

At Hospital IQ, we use input from various sources to inform how we develop our software platform — market research, competitive analysis, and feedback from users, among others. Our development timelines have always been rapid, even as we’ve grown and added additional layers of process over time. Even so, based on priorities, some requested features can take a relatively long [...]

By |2019-11-21T19:03:32+00:00November 20th, 2019|

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|

Pull Here for Change: Leverage Points for Improving Hospital Operations

Systems are everywhere. There are small systems, like atoms or cells, and large systems, like the US economy or global trade networks. When people discuss politics, education, or healthcare, they’ll often mention the political system, the education system, or the healthcare system. But what is a system and why should we care? And what does it have to do with [...]

By |2020-03-31T19:50:08+00:00October 15th, 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|

The Confidence that comes with Taking a “Show, Not Just Tell” Approach to Operations Management

Joining Hospital IQ and building closer relationships with our clients has been a very eye-opening and awesome experience for me. Almost 30 years in healthcare workforce management provided me with great experiences, but it had been several years since I had been able to directly help clients in an impactful and gratifying way. Since joining Hospital IQ, having the opportunity [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:45:20+00:00August 6th, 2019|

Your Hospital Should Focus on Learning From Machines, Not Machine Learning

Over the last two weeks, I heard two interesting perspectives on machine learning that illustrate the complexity associated with tools touting this functionality: From a CMO: “We purchased a machine learning tool that was supposed to predict the likelihood of sepsis, but it was complete garbage. How do we know your system works?” From a VP of Periop: “We are [...]

By |2020-03-30T18:45:43+00:00June 25th, 2019|

Hospitals Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All, so Neither is our Approach

Hospitals and health systems often share common problems when it comes to optimizing their operational efficiency. But they each have unique circumstances – whether it’s the size of the organization, their strategic mission and growth goals, or even the populations they serve – that make a one-size-fits-all approach to improving operational efficiency ineffective at truly solving this critical business challenge. [...]

By |2020-06-17T17:29:54+00:00June 4th, 2019|
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