The first step on the journey to quality improvements: Analytic tools

Providers are increasingly turning to advanced analytical tools to efficiently gather clean and validated data, find patterns within that data and make more accurate predictions of population health needs. This data is helping them focus on the patients who have the most potential for clinical improvement—and cost savings.

Dr. Carl Couch, president of Baylor, Scott & White Quality Alliance, said advanced analytics is fundamental to the organization’s mission of improving quality and reducing costs. By collecting good data and providing it to physicians, he said, the group is able to improve its care delivery process.

For Cornerstone Health Care, getting a good health intelligence platform was step one on its journey to population health, said Dr. Grace Terrell, president and CEO of Cornerstone Health Care. Her group used advanced analytics to drill down into its electronic health records and identify gaps in care.

Dr. Michael Charles, medical director for clinical effectiveness at Sentara Medical Group, said health care in the United States is in trouble: the country is spending too much money, and on care that’s not as good as it should be. Analytic tools could help turn that around, just as it has done at his own group.

To hear more from these providers, and to learn how analytic tools can support organizations’ efforts to improve population health, check out this video below:

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