If you ask anyone in the healthcare community why they would work in a field that is always one step behind the people they serve, it is usually in hope of making a difference in someone’s life. This isn’t to downplay what physicians and other medical professionals do, but let’s face the fact: you commonly go to the doctor when you are sick or when something major is happening within the body, so the medical expert is trying to treat what has already occurred. Why is expanding your outcomes with analytics technology such an important topic in today’s society?
When we as patients seek out the help from a physician, we have an expectation that everything will turn out fine in the end, even if it takes a while. The outcome is sort of the light at the end of the tunnel that both patient and professional are aiming for. Unfortunately, not everyone does get better or is healed to their previous state of being. The blame doesn’t need to be assigned because many times it was just too much for a body to handle or it was time for the individual to pass on. But, what about the times when medical errors are to blame or the patient wasn’t diligent to directions and mandates?
The healthcare industries need a bump in technology that will help to provide better care for patients and help the organization to work better and more efficiently. Analytics is that technology, and it is proving itself by leaps and bounds. Hospitals and other facilities that have implemented and rely upon analytics have seen their reimbursements coming back more consistently rather than being penalized or paid at a lower percentage. Outcomes at these locations has also been more above previous recorded records, and one other characteristic that many healthcare organizations are going after is the boost in patient satisfaction numbers, which did increase with the analytics program implementation.
Because analytics is probably new to a good portion of the healthcare analysts out there, you are not being thrown into the deep end of the pool without any help to learn the ropes. Health Catalyst understands that expanding your outcomes with analytics starts with a firm foundational ability to run the program and make it work for your organization. As such, they have worked to create the Healthcare Analytics Summit ’16 to go well beyond the definition of analytics and provide the insights into best practices, adoption, agile leadership and financial positioning in order to make this system work for you in every way possible.
Before you say, “No, thank you!” you need to understand that this isn’t a lecture hall type of summit where all you do is take notes and try to stay awake. The wide range of activities, breakout sessions and featured keynote speakers will have you entertained as you learn. Furthermore, the ability to network with other analysts, and healthcare professionals that are in the same boat as you cannot happen anywhere else like this. Networking is encouraged for a number of reasons including the fact that peers going through the same ordeals may have other insights and advice, plus the fact that healthcare organizations are not always competing, especially if they aren’t located in the same communities, thus the potential to guard your knowledge isn’t as fierce as it may be in other industries.
Every healthcare facility is in the business to improve, but without data-driven information, you are trending water never gaining, probably not losing, but this just won’t cut it any longer. Data is the key to making fact-based decisions, but all the data coming in can be daunting, and if you don’t know what to do with it, all it does is take up space. Making the data work for you by truly uncovering patterns that are both positive and negative will set your feet on the right path. This isn’t a one-and-done solution, there is diligence and persistence that will be required as new laws are introduced, as processes change within a facility and as population health issues change over time. You may think to yourself that this is job security, and you are probably right, so let’s make sure that you know how analytics is a tool and how it can be used in many different situations and grow with your organization.
Improving and expanding your outcomes with analytics shouldn’t be looked upon as something daunting, but as something constructive that lends itself to many great discoveries and helps to fulfill the idea that healthcare and its workers can make a difference in someone’s life.
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