Healthcare Dashboards

Healthcare Dashboards Management that Covers More of our Understanding


Managing Healthcare metrics and data can be challenging. That’s why to help, Health Catalyst is announcing the release of a new healthcare dashboard they are calling Leading Wisely. Leading Wisely is a breakthrough technology marking the long-awaited next step in the evolution of executive decision support. The web-based solution automatically transforms data, key measures, and goals from multiple business units into fundamental insights. Leading Wisely combines and analyzes near real-time data from every available IT system and software program, and then enables users to customize information, share it with others, and set their own alerts and notifications. As a result, executives and their teams are empowered to take control of the data deluge to plan, prioritize improvement projects, create alignment among groups, strategize best solutions, and communicate decisions more effectively.

Unlike traditional dashboards or static reports, Leading Wisely helps executives and their teams avoid being blindsided by unexpected information and gives them control over their data with self-service alerts and notifications that they can customize for any purpose. Now they can filter through the thousands of measures available to easily find, track, follow-up on, and share those measures that are most meaningful to their roles or their teams, and that will have the greatest impact on performance.

Because healthcare data is so uniquely complex, it’s clear that traditional approaches to managing data will not work in healthcare. A different approach is needed that can handle the multiple sources, the structured and unstructured data, the inconsistency, the variability, and the complexity of an ever-changing regulatory environment. The solution for this unpredictable change and complexity is an agile approach, tuned for healthcare. As with a professional athlete, the ability to change directions on a dime when the environment around you is in constant flux is a valuable attribute to have.

There are certain barriers that stand in the way of managing and measuring healthcare data effectively and efficiently and Leading Wisely helps solve these problems such as:

Data Complexity

Claims data has been around for years and thus it has been standardized and scrubbed. But this type of data is incomplete. Clinical data from sources like EMRs give a complete picture of the patient’s story. While developing standard processes that improve quality is one of the goals in healthcare, the number of data variables involved makes it far more challenging. You’re not working with a finite number of identical parts to create identical outcomes. Instead, you’re looking at an amalgam of individual systems that are so complex we don’t even begin to profess we understand how they work together (that is to say, the human body). Managing the data related to each of those systems (which is often being captured in disparate applications), and turning it into something usable across a population, requires a far more sophisticated set of tools that are needed for other industries like manufacturing.

Changing Regulatory Requirements

Regulatory and reporting requirements also continue to increase and evolve. CMS needs quality reports around measures like readmissions, and healthcare reform means more transparent quality and pricing information for the public. The shift to value-based purchasing models will only add to the reporting burden for healthcare organizations.

Leading Wisely is very relevant because Healthcare data will not get simpler in the future. If anything, this list of barriers will grow. Healthcare faces unique challenges and with that comes unique data challenges. Leading wisely also helps track Key Performance Metrics (KPI) which are measurements that help Doctors and health practitioners understand how their health facility or hospital is performing. Some examples of these measurements are staff-to-patient ratios, bed turnover, patient wait time etc.


Healthcare Dashboards and Cancer Help

A place where precision medicine could really make inroads would be with cancer.  Imagine a future where a cancer diagnosis wasn’t as devastating or scary; one where a patient’s DNA held the answers as to whether to use drugs to help boost the individual’s immune system, or to combat the growth directly.  Some of this is already happening today, although on specific types of cancers, and specific patients that meet prerequisite standards. As more information is gathered, more is understood about our DNA and more tests are done, the field for cancer treatment will grow and have further successes.

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