Outcome Improvements Are Only the Beginning

The desire for any outcome to be positive and beneficial is what most of us work for on a daily basis.  Some moments we are dealt a devastating blow, while most moments are filled with small successes and slight failures.  In healthcare, working towards outcome improvements is not only expected by patients, but being documented and reported to many government agencies.  But where can you learn about and find the areas within your healthcare organization to actually make significant changes for true and long-lasting outcome improvements?  The Healthcare Analytics Summit or HAS’16 presented by Health Catalyst. 


Encouraging outcomes aren’t just happened upon.  Obviously there are many talented people that make this possible, and patients are who are willing to follow through with prescriptions, medical advice or whatever is necessary to help promote their own health, which plays a large part in healthcare outcomes.  But, this isn’t all that is available for physicians.  There is so much more that goes into treating patients and running a business, even a healthcare-based business, than simply treating patients and keeping track of patient records.  All the laws and regulations forced upon healthcare facilities mandate intense record keeping, privacy and data governance, while still allowing the most freedom of access by appropriate staff. 


Last year, the Healthcare Analytics Summit focused on the ways that doctors and facilities could improve the overall outcomes with their patients.  Outcome improvement is a hot topic and one that has garnered a lot of attention in the medical community due to the fact that expectations from patients is at an all-time high, yet many professionals have had to dedicate more of their time to paperwork and regulations.  This pull away from their duties can also have an effect on the outcome of patient care. 


This year, Health Catalyst is adding to the outcome improvements with expanded focuses on technical, clinical, operation outcomes and leadership responsibilities.  The technical aspect to this year’s Summit dives right into topics about big data, using natural language in processing, stepping up to predictive analytics, data-driven decisions using real-time data, and security measures within your system.  These are huge topics and a ton of information within each.  This is also an indicator at how and why analytics must be included as part of your organization to take advantage of all the technical features that will ultimately play a role in outcome improvement with patient care.


Clinical and operational outcome improvements are at the foundation of the work and services being provided.  Sometimes these are the hardest areas in which to make changes due to the fact that everyone has already established many of their routines, the workflow usually is sufficient, and it’s hard to identify where changes should be made.  As a quick side note, just because you make changes doesn’t mean they are the right changes or will help with bolstering positive outcomes.  Again, this is where analytics will help to indicate where waste and inefficiencies are plaguing the organization and thus where changes need to be made. 


Improvement to both clinical and operational outcomes is also a big chunk of every organization with the fact that you are dealing with patients from the beginning of care all the way through to the end.  It takes into account every department within the system, any problems that might occur while care is taking place, and doesn’t necessary cut all ties when the patient is discharges or leaves a doctor’s office.  Readmissions and patient populations are ongoing factors that have to be assessed and accounted for.  But as improvements are made on daily basis, improvements are also felt and can be traced to the more long-term clinical and operations positive outcomes.


Educating leaders and leadership on analytics shouldn’t be a daunting task, but one that should be approached in the right manner and show how it can be benefited with enhancements.  Adaptive leaders don’t hold on to all the past workflow and processes with their last breath, but work to find what is going to better support the organization as a whole.  Analytics is the tool to open up the point of view to indicate the pitfalls, the problematic areas and also the processes that are working effectively.  Leaders are needed to organize teams that will assess what is right and wrong, teams that will implement changes and teams that will track as forward momentum is gained. 


Leaders are needed to tackle the new prospects for the healthcare industry, manage the regulations coming down the pipe, make transparency a common thing with patient care, and take on the ever-growing demands that are made from internal changes and external demands.  Outcome improvements are found in patterns within the data that cannot be spotted exclusively on the surface.  Analytics, with a great team of analysts, will take these hidden gems, polish them, and make them a valuable process asset within the system.  Long gone are the days of going by gut reaction, and here are the days of data- and fact-driven information.


The Health Catalyst Healthcare Analytics Summit ’16 will build upon the base knowledge of outcome improvements in healthcare to add levels of outcome efficiencies using analytics that are new to some people, foreign to others, and outright unknown to many.  Don’t miss this opportunity to make your organization one to be modeled after.



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